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Gi':nf,alogical .\nd Biographica 


Genealogy and Biography. 

I S S U E D Q U -\ R T E R L Y . 




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rtOCJKTY, Jan. 6, 1S70. 

II ; Jan. 5 ; Juu. 21. 

By B. J. L. 

SCHUYLER. liy E. L. O'C. 

by Lord Cornbury, 1702-3. J. S. O. 





MISCELLANEOUS :— The " P.ecord " for April ; 
Book.s for R.-vi< w ; BulU-tin No. 1 ; Broks w i;.:. J . 


responding, Life Liuii Resident. 


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First Class, term expires 1871. 


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Secon<l Class, term expires 1S72. 

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The object of this Society Is to collect and preserve (also, to publish, as far as prv<:tic:i':-ie) Oen.( alosrcal- 
Biographical and Hiitoiical matter, relating for the most part, thout^h not exclusively, to the State cf 
New York. 

A Library has been commenced, already containinj many works of ?reat value to the gene ilo^ricai 
student ; which, by donation, exchanpre and othei-wise, is rapidly increasin?. 

The stated meetimj^^ of the Society are held on the socond and fourth Saturday of each month, at half 
past Seven o'clock, P. M., at the Mott Memorial Hall, (14 Madiion Avenue, New York. 

Members/tip. —For admission to the Sociery, the candidate miLst be nominivted by a member. La 
writmg ; (>e approved by the B-jard of Trustees, and voted in at a recralar meetin'.,'. The iiutiution fee i-" Five 
duilus, and Rr-iirUaL Memljersliip requir.'s the payment, anLually, of Five I'oU irs. The i.'V": il. ■mbcr:^fu 3 
fee (in lieu of all annual assessment^ L- FiFri" dollars. The Clerks yf the several Counties and Towr> oi the 
Stiite are membei-s of this Society ex.njlcw. 

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(JpHFalogiral mi piograp^ifEl 5^Fror&. 

Vol. I. 


No. 1. 



of tlie Sociely was held at tlieir rooms on 
Wednesday, January otli, 1870, II. R. Stiles, 
M. D., ) (residing. 

The Treasurer i)resented his report, show- 
ing tlie receipts of the Societ}' from March 
IGth, 1S69, to be 
From Initiation fees, §165 00 
" Yearly dues, 150 00 

" Life memberships, 200 00 §515 00 
and the disbursements to be 268 85 

Leaving a balance of $246 15 

of which $200 has been invested on account 
of the permanent fund. 

The Librarian reported that the library had 
received, within ten months, G83 bound vol- 
umes, and over 100 pamphlets, besides many 
portraits and several maps, charts and auto- 
ijraphs. all of which were by donation. 

Tlie Annual Report of the Executive Com- 
mittee, showed that there were now regularly 
enrolled 77 members ; of whom 36 were Resi- 
dent, 36 Corresponding, 1 Honorary and 4 
Life. It set forth the substantial progress 
alread}' made by the Society in various de- 
partments, closing with the following perti- 
lUMiL a[»peal for industrious cooperation. 

"Tbe work before us, as a Society, demancLs the 
m»st .•.'iruest, unselfish, united and unremitting exer- 
tion of lacli niem'.'er. Our membership, already re- 
spt-otibl'i in numbers an<l quality, needs to be brought 
up to that maximum whith shall insure our p^rma- 
Df n<.y on a proper pecuniary basis. The pursuit of 
Gonfalogr>- is no longer ignored by the intelligent and 
intluontiul classes of society. Its value is becoming 
more widely appreciated every day— and, if we are in 
eaiTiost, we shall tind no difficulty in ad,ling to our 
number, very many earnest workers, both men ami 

Our Library, also, needs our united and systematic 
lalxfT to secure its proper increase and establishment. 
The k'<'n.^rosit:,- of our fri.mds has placed upon our 
-hvlvos thv nucleus of a very fine collection of geneal- 
UCI.-5, biuirraphies, local hLtorj-, etc.— but much, very 
much. m. ds yet to bo done. Every one of us should 
feel it to l>e a .^a^Tcd duty to contribute of his mc-ans- 
aud to of his and correspondents, such 
books^ pamphlets, mss., records, etc., as are appropri- 
ate to the purposes of this society. It is wonderful to 
note what any one can do— however limited may be 
his mcauior bis acquaintance— if he only earriossuch 
apurposi." around with him, in his daily walks and life. 

If each Mu inbt-r had thu^ far doue all that he could, 
our library, this evening, would be treble its present 
size and value. There are, too, certain foundatron 
books of genealogical reference, which it is important 
for, us to have as -oon as practicable— such as 
Savujj'i's GKnialoyical DicUonanj ; Furrn-'.r't JS'-w 
Eii'jUxnd SMlors ; Hi a man'' s Early Settles nf ronn^cti- 
cut: Bond's IValeriotvn; and the voluiups of the X. 
E. Genealogical llo;iLster, since 1860, to complete the 
set so kindly given us by our Honorary Member, 
Samuel G. Drake, Esq., of Boston. A set of the 
Historical M'lgaziniiv-iYiTy dt sirable ; and any or all 
of the be^t Biographical JiiftiQVi'Xv'vi^. Dr. SpraQue-'s 
Annals of tha American Pulpit— the Congregational 
QuarUrly and works: of tliat class would prove invalu- 
able additions. Thesumof *100 or.*150,— in«ionations 
of any size, would, to use a popular phrase, "Set us 
up" if judiciously applii-d in the pureliase of such gen- 
i ealogical works as are now to be found on sale in. the 

" We have, by a wise provision of our By-La ns, a 
Building Fund. If wi- had a .-iniiLir perminont Book 
Fund, the interest of ^vhich could be annually applied 
to procuring some of the nu-er and privately printed 
genealogies — not otherwise procurable — it would prove 
a lasting blessing to us. 

" The publication of the Bulletin— previously refer- 
red to — it is to be hoped, will be continued, during the 
coming year. Its importance, as a means of commu- 
nication with other similar SjciL-ties and with geneal- 
ogists all over the country, cy.n scarcely be overes- 
timated. 2000 copies of each issue, diitiihuted to all 
the leading libraries. so'.Leties, coliea-es, g^-DCilogisls, 
authoi-s, publishers, newspn.pers, in this aiid neighbor- 
ing States, •will yield us a return of books, correspon- 
dence, reputation and assistance which will have 
a most powerful infiuL-nce upon ciu- future success as 
a society. In these day.> — the sotiety which publishes 
nothing, is lost. Its indue nee upon the world is 
naught— its best opportiuiity of power is neglcctc-d." 


i At a regular meeting, Xovember 27th. 186'J, 
four resident, and three corre^pc^ndlng luem- 

I bers were elected; Juiuitiuns of books ac- 

i knowledged from the Rev. E. B. Huntington, 

' of Stamford, and oLlieis. Charle> D. .Moore, 

i Esq., concluded the reading of Lis pa{)er on 

i " Dutch and English Intermarriages. '" 

I Regular meeting Deceiuber 111!.. C'.'m- 

I mittee ^n Pedigrees reported on :l;e Pt-di- 

! srees of Dr. D. P. Holiou, Dr. 11. R. Sii!es, 

. and S. Edward Stiles, and recommended a 

j form of certificate to be given t!;> iliose gen- 

I tlemea ; which report was accepieu. and the 


I)roper officers authorized to sign such 

Augustus >Liverick, £>([., of the Eiening 
Post, read a ])aper on the life of the late 
Henry J. Kayniond. Hei^jaiks on genealogi- 
cal work, were made by Rev. S. Hanson Cox, 
and others, and the llrst iJulletin of the 
Society was presented. 

At the Annual Meeting of the Society, 
held January iith, 1870, noniinaLions were 
made for one honorary, five corresponding, 
and three resident members. Mr. Evelyn 
Bartow and Mr. Charles B. Moore presented 
their pedigrees, which were didy referred. 
The term of olUce as Trustee.s, of Messrs, 
\Vm Fred. Holcombe, Henry R. Stiles, and 
S. S. Purple, expiring at tliis time, tliey were 
on motion, unanimously re-elected for the 
term ending Jan. Isi, 1873. Gen, George S. 
Gieene and Mr. Charles B. Moore were elec- 
ted to fill vacancies in the Board, the former 
for one year and the latter for two years from 
Jan. 1st, 1870. 

Regular meeting, January 22d, 1870. Six 
resident, and five corresponding members 
elected since last announcement, and John 
Romeyn Brodhead, LL. D., was elected an 
Honorary meiuber. Librarian leportedanum 
ber of donations of books, &c., from Jere- 
miah Colburn of Boston, S. L. Boardman of 
Augusta, Me., John J. Latting and others. 

The following changes in the officers of the 
Society, were nnnouncedby the Pre>ident: 

Charles B. Moore, as Second Vice-Presi- 
dent, vice S. A. Baker. D. D., retired ; — and 

John S. Gautler as Trustee and Record- 
ing Secretary, vice S. Edward Stiles, resigned. 

A vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Stiles, 
in recognition of his services to the Society, 
as Recording Secretary from its formation. 

0. B. Moore. Esq., read a paper on the life 
of Ezra L'Hommedieu. 

A copy of the Vicksburg, Miss. Citizen, of 
July 2d, 1863. printed on common wall 
paper, and the last issue of that sheet, was 
presented to the Society by Mr. Henry 
Howland of Chicago. 

^(.% The April Number of the ''Record" 
will go to press immediately, and will contain 
original articles on the Seymour and Swords 
Genealogies. Anything intended for this 
Number should be sent in at once. 


In a small cemetery, now in«.lu>e I by the 
city of Poughkeepsie, are the reniaiii.-* *>i 
John Taylor, an Enijlish Keformer, fan a-^o- 
ciate with Cobbett.) who fled to thi«. c«.ui.(!y 
to avoid persecution in hi.s own, at tlip b»'i:iii. 
ning of this century. He died of yellow- 
fever in the city of New York, not long af;er 
his arrival, and was buried in the then Pot. 
ter's Field, now Washington Square. His per- 
sonal and political friends in New York ^-iecieii 
a marble slal) at the head of hi-, grav«-, and 
there it remained until about the year l>.';i. 
when the bones of the dead in th»» Poller^ 
Field were removed. Then, some En.:'!-!, 
friends of his in Poughkeej)><ie, where Taylors 
brother had lived and died, caused lii^ re- 
mains to be removed to that little villaiie of 
about 4,0u0 inliabitants. They were re intt-r- 
red in the little cemetery jiist merjtiontM'., 
which had been recently laid out. I • :i>^i>i- 
ed," as the French would say, at the aiiieral 
ceremonies on that occasion, which t«'ok 
place at evening twilight of a warm day in 
June. I was a lad seventeen years oI»l. 
The marble slab at the head of his giave in 
Potter's Field, was also taken to Poujiii- 
keepsie. and there re-erected a* the head «i 
his new grave. Upon it, a'ter the u>ua! 
record of his name, age, &c.. are some 
raorial lines, written by his warm ;i,T>":i;Hi 
friend, William Roscoe. the emir.eni P'<ei 
of Livert)ool, England. These lines Lire as 
follows, quoted from memory : 

" Far from his kindred and hi> native >kip"i 
Here, mouldering in the dus:. poor layh-r 

Firm was his mind, and frauLiht with van-ius 

And his warm heart was never cold befoje. 
He loved his country, juved thaL>p«>:<>: eirth. 
Which gave a Milton, Hampden. Brui^haw 

But when that country, dead u> al! bu' j:i'-'. 
Bowed its base neck and hu;ig d in' .-pprp^- 

sor's chnin. 
Loathing the abject scene, he dro.^.p d, he 

Crossed the wide wave and here, untuii^-'y 

Stranger! whate'er your country'.^ ceed, or 

Go, an<l lil^e him. tlie moral path pursue ; 
Go. and for Freedom eveiy peril b;avr-. 
And nobly scorn to be or a .>la^e ' 

B. J. L. 



Philip Pieterson Schuyler of Amstf^rdarn, 
immigrated to New Xetherland in 1G50, and 
married in Fort Orange (now Albany.) Mar- 
garetta Van Slechtenhorst <jf Newkirk, 12Lh 
December, l6o(J, whose children were : 

1. Oysbert, born 2 July, 1652. 

2. Geertrny, " 4 Feb., 1654 ; m. 

Stephanus v. Corilandt. 

3. Alida, born 28 Feb.. 1656 ; m. 1 

Rev, Nich. v. Ren.^elaer ; 2. Robt. 

4. Peter, born 17 Sept., 1657, 1st 

Mayor of Albany. 

5. Brant, born 18 Dec, 1659. 

6. Arent, " 25 June, 1662. 

7. Sybilla, " 12 Nov., 1664. 

8. Philip, " 8 Feb., 1666. 

9. Johannis, " 5 April, 1668. 
10 Margaretta-' 2 Jan.. 1672. 

9. Said Johannis died 25 July, 1747, having 
survived bi.s wife ten years. His children 
were : 

11. Philip ; killed by the French at Sara- 

toga, 28 November, 1745. 

12. John. 

13. Margaret, known as "The American 

Lady," mar. her cousin Col. Philip 
Schuyler, of the Flatts, near 

14. Catalyntie, married Cornelius Cuyler. 
12. This JoJm married Cornelia van Cort- 

landt, and died in November, 1741, leaving 
the following surviving children ; 

15. Philip, infra. 

16. Stephen. 

17. Geertruy ; mar. Peter S. Schuyler, 

and was a widow in 1758. 

18. Cortlandt; was deceased in 1782. 
15. Philip Schuyler, Major General in the 

Revolutionary army, was born in Albany, ia 
1*33; mar. Catharine, da. of Johannis van 
Reuselaer, Sept., 1755, and died Oct., 1708. 
E. B. O'C. 

j^*,^ Books or other publications to be no- 
ticed in the Record, and exchanges, should 
be addressed to the " Publication Committee," 
64 Madison Avenue. 


Granted by Lord Cornbury, while Goverii- 
or of the Province. 

These licenses are contained in an old book 
of records in this city, and it is belie\edhav*« 
never ai)peared iri print before. 

J. S. 0. 
Oct. 20th. — Conradus Vanderbeeck, and 

C.itherine Cock, widdow. 
Oct. 26th. — Ralph Thurman, and 

Mary Clouder, widdow. 
Oct. 27ih. — Thomas Davenp<trt, and 

Magarett Lepenar. 
Nov. 17th. — William Holloway, and 

Elizabeth Holyday. 
Nov. 19t.h. — Abram Van Laer. and 

Elizabeth Struddle. 
Nov. 20th. — John Grice, and 

^Deborah Hadlock. 
Nov. 27th. — John Heerman, and 

Sarah Shrieve. 
Nov. 28th. — John Auboyneau, and 

Frances Shukey. 
Dec. 5th. — Richard Robinson, and 

Mary Chambers. 
Dec. 12th.— Richard Harris, and 

Mary Baker, widdow. 
Dec. 12th. — Areut Schuyler, and 

Swantie Dyckhnyse. 
Dec. I6th. — Charles Robinson, and 

Elizabeth Pi,oesdale. 
Dec. 16th. — William Berkley, and 

Elizabeth Randall. 
Dec. 17th. — Samuel Osborn, and 

Katherine Pull ion. 
Dec. 22d.— William Smitii, and 

Susanna Mor.vielle. 
Dec. 24th.— Daniell Robt., and 

Susanue Nichola*'. 
Dec. 2Sth,— John James Minviel, and 

Susanne Papin. 
Dec. 28th.— John Nedry, and 

Jane Allen. 

Jan. 5th. — Balthazer Dehart, and 

Margritta, Mauriiz. 
Jan. 8th. — John Journey, and 

Elizabeth DeYou. 
Jan. 16th. — Is.^ac Bedwell a'-id 

Hannah Biank. 
Jan. IGlh.— David Jnmi.x.«on. and 
Johanna Meeoii. 
(To bt CoiUinurd.) 



In the possession ol' Hon. Selah B. Strong, 
of Setauket, L. I., is an extremely well pre- 
s.Tvednianiiscriiit volume, vellum-bound, care- 
fully enshrined in a rosewood casket made for 
its special reception — and familiarly known in 
the family as "The Tangier Book." It is the 
record of the family of Colonel William Smith, 
the founder of the Tangier Smiths, as they 
are designated in contradistinction to the 
"Bull" and "Rock" Smiths, the two other 
prominent families of that name on Long 
Island. Colonel Smith was born in North- 
amptonshire, England, nnd was appointed, by 
Charles II to the governorship of the royal 
city of Tangier, in Africa — the duties of which 
position were efKciently performed by him for 
several years. After his recall from that 
post, he came to America, arriving, with his 
family at New York, August 6, 168C. He 
purchased a tract of land, known as Little 
Neck, in Brookliaven, Long Island, where he 
UHik up bis residence in 1689. This, with 
»d<lJtionaI purchases, were subsequently 
erecte«l into a manor, under the name of St. 
George's. Mr. Smith was appointed a mem- 
ber of the Council of the Province of New 
York, of which he became President; an As- 
sociate Judge of the Supreme Court, and 
afl«>rward.s Chief .Justice — and died at Little 
Neck, February 18, 17(>'). 

We do not intend however, to give any 
biographical notices of Col. Smith or his 
Duraerous and distinguished descendants — but 
iiuiply to present an exact copy of the 
family record as commenced by himself, in 
Tangier, in the year 1675 and continued, by 
fuccessive hands, down to 176-^. 

The entries, which will prove interesting to 
X Tery wide range of genealogical students — 
are remarkable for their particularity, and a 
quftinlness, which at times merges into a 
touching patlios. 

Beforo Introducing the record itself, how- 
♦•ver, we desire to call the readers attention to 
the fact th.U, in ihe back part of the same 
volume, Mrn. Col. William Smith, kept her 
'dnnieslic recipes." She was a lady of un- 
U'^.Kil inteliigpnce aid acroniplishments, and 
•c.-ordiiig to Thompson's History of Long 
Inland ''eminently skilled in domestic econ- 
omy,' A hrge portion of the " Tangier 
B ->k'' is occu[»ied by valuable instructions, 

transcribed by her, in respect to culinary con- 
cerns and family medicine. 

The housewife will here find much valuable 
information. She will learn how '' to make a 
Boyled puden;" or a " Backed puden ;' or a 
' Superexcellent Cack;" or lo'Pickell (.'ow 
Cumbers ;" or " to make ye right good >neeie 
cake;" or "to Frickassee a Rabbitt:" or 'to 
boyle a Rabbitt;" or "to make a good iTriga- 
see of Chickens ;" or " a Quakinge puddinge;" 
or a "Calves head pye;" or "a nice puden 
in guttes ;" or •' to Vjoyle a dish of spinese ;"' 
or "To Make Allmond PuddinL' in Guit.s." 

The medical suggestions are plain and 
practical. There are pre>criptiorjs lor •■ a 
Blasted face or pysoned by any ill herb f-r 
wend (weedl);" "for a tielon:" "for \*> 
worms;" "an oyntment for ye Itch;" "a 
shure reamedy for ye .landers ;"' " fo.-- d«f- 
ness ;" " to stay spettiug of Bloud ;' " to \ta-h 
a sore mouth yt hath ye Kings Evil in it or i- 
sore and not yt;" " for a greate pane in ye 
head;" "a plesent Apozen or drinke fo.- a 
fever and lucenes3 wch is Coulen and bind- 
ding;" "for ye wend CoUocke;" " Reteie 
for sore or Blud Shote eyse;" "for ye ya!!or 
Janders;" "to make a sqenshed milke ho.kI 
for Luceness & to squence thurst;" *' Oyie of 
Charety to be taken outwards or inwar<l*;" 
"for ye grippen -of ye guttes ;" • a medewTi 
for a borne or scold"— whicli, being iran^'a- 
ted, is a medicine for a burn <!r scald— and 
much more relating to the ills ihar at'.iiot 

The beautifying of the person was not for- 
gotten, for we find directions for manufactur- 
ing "a paist to make ye hands white a:.d 
smooth;" how "to make a perfume;' " '.o 
wosh ye head to make haregrowe," • a wo»!j 
for ye false and necke;" " to kepe your T-ah 
Sounde ;" " to gitt spots or greso out of 

WV recommend "The Tangier Cook-B.nVii 
and House- Keepers' Guide" to s.,me of our 
antiquarian publishing houses as an i-itere^iing 
domestic publication. For the pre>eni. how 
erer. we bet^ike ourselres again to 'Color-el's 
end " of the volume. 
Tan^^" this twentie-sixth Day of VouembM **.'>. 

This day beeinge fryday I William >n.'M 
Borne in ' Newton neare Hiiiiiam i'*!''_j^ ••* 
Northampton was married lo M.uina . uj' 
stall of Putney in the Countie or >'^-''^ ^'- 
Docot^ William Turrner iu ine i r.-..e-i:i:.i 
Church in Tanger. 


Tang"" y* 4'*> day of Septemb'" 1C76. 

This dav was Borne rnv Daiigliter 

one & ■ w o 

Monday Elizabeth Smith about two ot the 
Clocke in the ni<>tiiiij<ie was Christ ued 
the sixth dayof Septemb'' and her Godiather 
was my Vnkle William Stairjes and her God- 
mothers ware M""' Sarah Siiudwell the Wife 
of John Shadwell I-N^^ Kerord^ and M'' 
Hannali Read liie Wif*^ oi' Alexatidc-r .MorjTdn 
Read, and was christned bv Doccf Ames 
CriJC ). 

Tang"- y« '2V^ Septemb'' 16— 

This dav was borne mv Sonne John 
one a „ . , - - , . , , 

fryJiiy Smith between nine and ten o clock 
iu the morninse antl was Chli^^ned 
llie same day in v'- Kvenini^e My Vnkle Wil- 
ham Staines and Consult Jcdm Er]ism;ui were 
Godfathers arid M'* Aiic(e) hoUovay was God- 
mot(her) was christened at home by I>occter 
Ammins Cryine beinge Sl Mathews day 

Tana"- 22"> Feb^'• 167^ 

This Day God Almirrhtie was pleased to 
take to himselfe my Sonne John Smith who 
Died about five of the clocke in y' mornincre 
and was buried the same Eaveninge by Doccf 
Amis Crymes in the Ould Church Yard — 
b^^einge the day five mounthes hee was 

Tang"" VJ'^ January IGT^ 

onn a '^^'"'"^ ^^5" ^ '^•^ borne my Sonne henry 
Monday Smith betweene ten and eleven a 
clocke in y^ morninge and was 
Christned of said moneth inge 

his goodfathers ware shere Survei^her 

y* Mould and Cap"^ James Leslie God- 

mother was the Wifie of Phineas 

Bowles by Doctor Amis Crymes in 

the Protestant Church. 

Tang"" 2^ February 16;^ 

This morninge betweene five and six 
of y* clocke was borne n)y third 
Sonne William Smith being Candill- 
mas day and was Cristned by Docctf Thomas 
Hughes in the Protestant Church lu's God- 
fathers was Con>ull John Erli>>man M"" Ald° 
Nathaniell Lodington and M" Elizabeth 
ErHsman godmotlier. 

one a '^^^^ twentie-sixth June 1680 God 
Saterday almightie was pleased to take to 

himselfe my third sonne William i 
Smith who dyed betweene twelve and one a i 
clocke in the'Niaht and was buried the nextt 
day bj Doccf Thomas Huahes in the ould 
Church Yard neare where his Brother John 
was buried. 

Tanger 14'^ Sep"- 1681 
on a '^^^'^ morninae a quarter afiei- ten a 
Wensday clock was Ijorne my second Daughter 
Paty Smith and was christned y" 
*2'2ih folowinge in y« Protestant church, by | 
Docctf Thomas Hughes her Godfather was | 
Coll; MarmadukeBoynton and her Godmother 

onp a 


M" Eliz* Lawrence and Si>ter Jeaue Lod- 

jjj This day God was plea>ied to lake 

Tanger to himselfe my Klde>i Daushter 

Elizabeth Smith and was Butied jii 

the churchyard neare her Brothers John and 


Tang' 2i"' .S'ouem'' }e,i:'J. 
one a This mornifige about three a clocke 
"V\'ensday iu the morijiniie Was boriie ujy third 
Daughter Mary Smith aud wa> 
Cristned the 2^^'^ Instant in the j.rotestant 
church by Doccf 'I'hunias Ilughts her God- 
father was M"^ Thomas Oneby M<-rch" and 
her Godmothers M-° Mary Kerke and uiy 
Sister Susanah Smith. 

London 4'"^ of January 1683 

one a '^^^'^^ fourth of January was borne 

Thursday my fourth sonne Wm. Sinith Was 

Chiistned By Mr. Wm. Morgan at 

my Lodginges in Longe Aycur hi? Godlatliers 

Was \ih Grandfather Henry Tunstall and my 

selfe Ijis Godmother Sister Hannah Tunstall 

Dvc-d on a ^>^'-^ the first of Feb-- at Ould 

Thursday Brainford and was Buried in New 

Brainford Church Purtch. 

This day God Almightie was pleased to 
take to himselfe my third DauiiLier Mary 
Smith, who was buried in Brain.'ord Churclj 
Portch near her Brother William. 

Yaughall in Ireland 9'^ June 1086 

on a '^^^^ ^^y ^^^ Borne my Forth 
Wensday Daughter Hibernian Smiti: and was 
Christned by the Protestant Minister 
of Yanghall her Godfather was Cap*'^ 
(Christo) phver Billop her Godmothers two 
of S"" Estus Smiths Daughiters; of YoMgh.all. 

Att sea in ▼« Thomas y« 25'-^ Aug^ 1686 

This dav god Alraishtie was p]ea>sed 
one a , ' , . ~ , V- 

Weniday to take to hmibclte my Fourthe 

Daughter Hiberuia.^ Smith who had 

the ocean for her grare. 

New Yorke in America 8-'' Dece.mb'' It^SS 

^ „ This day Was Borne mv Fifth 
one a _ , •' _ o • i " > 

Thursday Daughter Janev bnuih on a ihnrs- 
day at five a clocke in the aft<^rnoone 
and was christned Dy Mr. Ennis ne.xL day 
after shee was Borne her Godfathers her 
Father and Brother Henrj' her godmother 
M'* Sarah Palmer. 

Brookehaven y* 13'^- March IGbJ 
This thirteenth day of March 
Wondeiday 16>!?t Was Borne my fifth soine 
William Henry Smith on a Wen- 
desday at foure a clocke iu tb.»^ a!teino<iti 
and was christened by Mr. Eciiis his ::od- 
fathersliis father and Brother Harie bis nxl- 
mother his Sister Patty. 

(To be Continued,) 



Jas. p. ANnuKws, M. 1)., Coleraiu P. O., Lan- 
caster Co., Pliim., 18(j7. 

An octavo pamphlet of 8 pages, with no 
title page or cover, containing the names of 
119 descendants of James Patterson, born in 
1708, in the County AnU'im, Ireland, who 
emigrated to America in 1728 ; married widow 
Mary Montgomery, and died in 1792, in Lit- 
tle Britain Township, Lancaster Co., Pa. 
The record is that ot ordinary farmers, inter- 
spersed with a few episodes arising from 
their proximity to the Indians, in the earlier 
settlements of Pennsylvania; and while in- 
teresting, is evidenrly intended merely for 
family reference and use. 

THE CROZER FAMILY, of Bucks County, Pa. 
Trentoa : ISGfJ. 29 pages, 8vo. 

This fa-nily originated in France, from 
whence it removed to Ireland (Co. Antrim) 
about 1712. xA.bouL 1723 (or, as some say, 
1740) five brothers came over to Philadelphia 
where two, Andrew and Robert, settled, and 
three, James, John and Samuel settled in Dela- 
ware County, Penn. The family whose geneal- 
ogy is given in this work, are descended from 
Andrew, who was born in 1700, and who, after 
his removal to America, resided at first, 
awhiler, in the village of Black Horse (now 
Columbus) Burlington Co., X. J., where he 
married Mary Richardson. 

George Henry Preble, U. S. N. and Susan 
Zabiah (Cox) Preble. 

This folio sheet, arranged on the " brace " 
plan, and with commendable fullness of dates, 
etc., is presented to the Society by George 
Henry Preble, U. S. N. of No. 12 Adams St., 
Charlestown, Mass. It gives names, dates of 
birth, marriage and death, causes of death, 
etc., of two parents; four grandparents; 
eight great-grandparents ; sixteen great- 
great-grandparents ; thirty-two great-great- 
great-grandparents ; and sixty-four great- 
great-great-great-grandparents. No date is 
given on this sheet, but it must have been 
printed subsequently to ISol, the most recent 
date mentioned. 

An outline History of the Presbyterian Churclies of 
West, or South Jersey, from 1700-18(35 ; with an 
Appendix, from 18'J5-IS69. A discourse delivered 
by Rev. ALEX H. BROWN. 75 pages, 8vo. 
Phili\delphia : 1669. 

A most interesting work, abounding in 

biographical and ecclesiaslico-hi>lorical facts 
and containing also several page?? of copies 
of inscriptions from the tombstones of the 
pastors of the West Jersey Pre.'«byiery. 

ED'A'ARD BAKER, of Lynn, Mas!«., IG30. Pre- 
pared and puWi^bed by Nli,-on M. Bauitb, of 
Laf ivi tte, N. Y. Synicuse : 18<J7. 8vo. SW pages. 
\yith f'Adhig " Plan of 1-amilies." 

erection of Tablets in the Old Church at Stock- 
bri.lge, Mass., in m^morv of its four pasU»r«, 
Rev. Nathaniel H. Eggllsio.n-. I6oy. 35 pp. hvo. 

A delightful piece of reailiug. 

who lived in Raynhnm (Miss.) from 1680 to the 
present, 1S05. By Enoch Sanford, A. M., fourth 
pastor of the First Congreg-ational Society, laun- 
ton : ISGo. 28 pp. 8vo. 

This is a record of the descendants of 
Philip King, who, with his brother Cyrus, 
came from England prior to 1680. and loca- 
ted at Brainn-ee. In 1680. he moved to that 
part of the town of Taunton, no\\ Raynham, 
and married Judith, daughter oi Rev. Wm. 
Whitman, of Milford. 


[Answers to inquiries umler thi-s head should be 
addressed to the " Plblication Committed," 
64 Madison Avenue.] 
^*^ Hudson, William, Davis, John, Roebins, 
John, were among the early settlers oi Oyster Bay 
and Matinecock, L. I., married daughters of Richard 
Lettin of Oyster Bay. Davis was one of the company 
j that came from near Boston, Mass., in IC-oJ, and set- 
j tied at Sctauker, L. I. Tho=e posses^iu? any infor- 
mation of the ancestry or descendants of alfor any of 
these person::, are requested to communicate the 
same, as above. 

^% When the "Old Huguenot Church*' in Pine 
Street was taken down in 1S31— and when the new 
I church in Franklin Street was opened in 183-1— his- 
' torical notices of this church appeared in some New 
I York newspapers. Can any reader of the Record tell 
I me the names of the papers and dates of notice ? 
j Reitalo. 

j ^*^ Whom did Joshua Bancroft, bom 1712. at Read- 
I ing, Mass., marry .' Names of the seven Lluilrcu of 
j Joshua and ilary, born at Reading aiid Worcester, 

I Genealogies in Preparation. 

i Barlow. In our mention of Dr. S. 3. Barlow's 
j {?ranrz7<'« (Mass.) Gentalo^es, in the last nambt-r of 
I the "BvLLKTiN," wo for^'Ot to say th.U the Dc-ct'-r 
' is also at work upon the gonealoi?ies of own f;an- 
; ily. Address, No. 55 East ilst Street, New- Y-irk. 
I Barrtti Family gcneaio:ry is in preparaiion by 
! William Barrett, Esq., of Nashua. N. H. 
j Benedict. The genealokry of the Bvn.-iict Family, 
! compiled by Henry M;irvin B-anedict of Albany, N. Y • 


is now passing through the press of Joel Munfell, 
Albany, X. Y. It will be a 400 pa tro octavo, with 
twenty-five portraits. Ready about April 15. 

linunn. "SV. P. Garrison, P. O. Box 6732, New 
York City, is preparing the goncalogA' of the Beujons 
of lUiode Island, and will gladly receive information 
concerning tlu-m. Karly copies of Providence and 
Newport newsj'aper.s would be peculiarly acccptabU, 
as well as anything relating to the liensons of North 
Carolina and Georcria. 

Jioardmnn. Sainu< 1 L. Coardman, P. 0. Box 91, 
Augusta, Maine, has nearly ready a record of thedcs- 
c« ndunts of AVilliam Boardmau, of Xew Market, N.H. 

liow^ne. J. T. Bowne, of Glen Cove, L. I., is en- 
gaged in coUceting material for genealogy of this 
family in Amtri<;a. Mr. Bowne has also been for 
sometime past collecting documents of all kinds rela- 
tive to the early history of Gkn Cove and vicinity ; 
aud in conuection therewith, the <jcneul','jle& of the 
families of Carpenter, Cohs, Miulgf, Weeks, Lalting, 
AlUrtmn, Mort, UnderhiU, Cork and Tltornycra/t or 
Craft. He aiks for copies of, or loan of originals of any 
old manuscript, deeds, wills, pamphlets orne^spaj)ers 
relating to Musktto Cove, Matinecock, or any of the 
above families. 

Bui'll Family genealogy from the "Windsor Set- 
tlor, AVilliam Buell, is in preparation by J. S. Buell, 
Buffalo, X. Y. 

CharidJi'.r. George Chandler of "Worcester, M.iss., 
has in preparation a genealogy- of the descendants of 
Wiluam aud Anuis Chandler, who settled in liox- 
bury, Ma,-;s., in ltl.S7. 

Cu^/tfr Family of Xew England is being compiled 
by William Hiehard Cutter, Wobum, Muss. 

Dwight and Stromg Families. Genealogies in 
preparation by B. W. Dwiirbt of Clinton, X. Y. 
Both families treated in direct and collateral branches 
and both nearly ready for press. 

(iiiuHe-r. Including incidentally the families of Ten 
Eyck, Crosfield, Xewton, Bogaert, Blanehard, Duyc- 
kinck, Stoutenburgh, Stagg, Town, Hamilton, Leary, 
and others. Any information on the subject will be 
acceptable to, and acknowledged by John S. Gautier, 
Xo. 159 We^t 45th Street, Xew York City. 

HaU. Records of descendants of families of Boston, 
Mass., Xew Kaven and Wallingiord, Conn., com- 
prising some l,4lHt names, by Henry B. Atherton, Esq., 
Xashua, X. H. The same gentleman has aliO collec- 
ted a considerable quantity of material relative to 
the families of Annington, Bridge., Haskell, Ho-ir, 
Ices, and Wa/kins. 

Hicks. Benjamin D. Hicks, of Old Westbury, 
Queens Co., L. I., is collectLug materials for a Memo- 
rial of the Hicks family. 

Ki}) Family Records, in the branches which remov- 
e«l from Xe>v York, are preparing by Rev. Edward T. 
Corwin, of Millstone, X. J. 

Lairing and Cashing. Exten->ivo genealogies of these 
Masoachusctts families, in manuscript, are in po^ses- 
sion of Mr. J. S. Loring, S4 Cranberry Street, Brook- 
lyn, X. Y. 

Luca$. J. R. Lucas, Esq., Auditor's office. State 
of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., is preparing a gene- 
alogy of this family. 

Famz. Royal Paine, 69 Fort Green Place, Brook- 
hii, X. Y., has a collection of materials for Paine 
PurpU and Hhfjfuld Families. Dr. S. S. Purple, 

Xo. 3G West 121 itre^t, Xew York City, has in prep- 
aration the genealogy of theife families. Any record* 
or notie.-s will be thankfully received and duly credi- 
ted in the work. 

Rich. John F. Rich, of Boston, has colkvtM 
14,000 names for his genealogy of the Rich (itmil;. 
which will soon be complett-d iu two volumes, of 3i>0 
pages each. 

SanJ'ord. Rev. Enoch Sanford, of Raynham, 
Mass., is collecting materials fjr genealcgy of the 
descendants of John Sanford, of Taunton, Mass. 

Savftrrd. Elliot Sanford, ib Xas-au .Sir.-et, Xew 
York, is collecting Sanford or Sandfur 1 gi nealoiry. 

SpofmT. Thomas Spoouer, of Reading, Hamilton 
Co., Ohio, is compiling a record of the de-soendauts of 
William Spooner, who was inPljinouth in I'j37. 

Stafford. Martin H. Statford, P. O. Box 28W, 
Xew York, has a collection of Mss. relatintr to the 
family of Statford, both in England and .Vmeri^a, from 
whieh a hiri^ry and genealogy of the family of StaS"- 
ord— in England and America — will be compiled at 
some future date. A record of considerably over two 
thousand of the descendants of Thomas Statford, who 
came to Xewport, R. I., m 1G>S, Is included in the 
above collection. 

Thurston. Charles L. ITiurston, X'ew Rochelle, 
X. Y., is collecting the names of the descendants of 
Edward Thurston of Xewport, R. I., 1647, and ■aill be 
glad to receive information. 

Trmoiridge. Rev. F. W. Chapman, of Prospect, 
Ct., is preparing for Thos. R. Trowbridi^e. of Xew 
Haven, a Record of all the descendants of Thos. 
Trowbridge, who came to Dorchester, in 1636. 

Tulhill. A genealogical history of the descendants 
of John Tuthill, of Southold, L. I., is pnparing by 
W. H. Tuthill, of Tipton, Iowa, who earnestly re- 
quests copies of family records, wills, «i'c., to be sent 

IVeUman. Rev. Joshua Wyman Wellman. D. D., 
of Xewton, Mass., is collecting material for a more 
extensive genealogy of the family. 

Whitney family is in preparation by R..-v. Frc-deric 
A. "VSIitney of Brighton, Mass. 

Wen'uMfrth. Hon. John Wentworth, of Chicago, 
111., is understood to be collectintr records of this 


CLARKE. Descendants of the Clarks, Plymouth, 
1623-1697. By S. C. Clarke. Boston : D. Clapp 6c 
Son. 8vo. pp. 37. • 

FISKE. The Fiske family. Second edition. By A. 
A. Fiske. Chicago : The Author. 16o. pp. 2i.'9. $3.00. 

FULLER. Descendants of John Fuller, X'ewrown, 
1644-S(S. By S. C. Clarke. Boston : D. Clapp & 
Son. 8vo. pp. 16. 50c. 

PECK. Descendants of Joseph Pt-ck, with app^^ndix 
of the Boaton and Ilingham Fc-ck's. and ethers of 
that name. With Portraits. By Ira B. Peck. 
Boston ; A. Mudge i: Son. Svo. pp. 442. ?6.C0. 

STAFFORD. A contribution to the U-ceai-igy of 
the Stari'iird family in America ; containing an a.-^- 
count of Col. Jacob Stafford, aud a complete record 
of his descendants in the male line. By Henry 
Mar\-in Benedict. Alb.iny : Joel Munsell, i370, 
Svo. pp. 24. Index. Portait of Spt.ncvr Stiifvrl 
and cuts. 



Local Histories In Preparation. 

Augusta, Me. A history of this Tity is in prepara- 
tion by James W. North, of Auf,'UsU. 

Bfrgon, X. J. Charles H. WintiiH, of Greenville, 
Hudson Co., N. J., Li proparint,' a hu-tory of the old 
Town of Ber^'cn, with Kcneulo^ncs of the ancient 
families; It may be expccte.i during the cominjj 

lUinoix. Chief Justice Br. ese, of the Supreme 
Court of IHinoid, has in liand a hi-tory of that State 
from its earliest date, including' the Jt-suit explorations 
and discoveries. 

Plymouth, Ct. The Town Clerk of Plymouth, is 
preparin;^ a list of all soldiers from that place in the 
late war, to be kept among the tov.-n records. 

Shirley. Mass. llev. Seth Chandkr, of Shirley, is 
writing a history of tliis town. 

Worcesler, Muss. Another history of this City is 
now in hand by Rev. E. P. Marvin. 

Vutes County, N. Y. S. C. Cleveland, Penn Yan, 
X. Y., is preparing a history of early settlement, and 
genealogical record of the early famili's of Yatcs Co., 
including a sketch of the life of Jemima Wilkinson. 




Fram Jamps P. Andrews, CoWaui.Pa 
ical Register of Patterson family. 

Froia S. Arigdl, JVeio York City:—2 pamphlets. 
From N. M. Baker, La/ayette, A. V. .—The Baker 
C -^ealogy. 

From Messr.i. Baker t£ Godwin, JVnuj York City : — 
1 volume, qu irto. 

From J. M. Bancrntt, Aew York City: — \ vol. { 
7 pamphlets, Wellman Genealogy. j 

From S. B. Barlow, M. D., Xeio York City :—\ \ 
pamphk-t ; vol. of Congregational Year Book, 1854. 

From Evelyn Barton;, New York City:- Guide to 
New RochcUr, and 2 pamphlets. 

Frnm R^v. E. E. B^'arddey, D. D , yew Haven, CL: 
— Commemorative DLs. on iiev. Stephen Jewett. 

From L^d'/ard Bill, New York City: — A winter in 
Florida, by Ledyard Bill. 

From James A. Brigys, yew York City : — 1 pam- 

From J. F. Browne, Glen Cove, L. I. : — 3 pamphlets. 

From Chandler P. Chapman, Madison, Wis. : — 11 


From John Clark, Cambridge, .\fass. : — The Clark 
Genealogy ; Sa\\in Gcneal. ; Celebration 100th Ann. 
Incorp. Ltubbardstown, Mass.; and 1 pamphlet, 1 bd. 

From Robert Clarke, Cincinnati, O. : — i vols, of 
Ohio Valley Hist., Series ; 6 biograph. pamphlets. 

From Jerenniah Colburn, Boston, J/.vss. ;— Vol. of X. 
E. H. G^-n. Re:,', for ISiiO ; (iO pamplets, mostly biog. 
and gental. reprints from Register, and other papers. 
From Chas. H. Cragin, ;— Cragin 

Genealogy. 1 

From Jas. A. Cunningham, Boston, JJass. : — Record ] 
of Mass. Volunteers, l.StJl-65, 4o. j 

From Rev y. II. EggU.iton, yVilliamstown, Mass.:— I 
1 pamphU-t. ' 

From Samuel A. Gre^-n, M. D., Boston, Mass.:—-lh(i. \ 
vols, and 22 pamphlets of a bio-jraphical nattire ; i 
Deux-Potiti Campaign in America, 17SO-81. j 

From Alex. Holland, New York City .• -1 bd. vol. | 
From D. P. HoUon, 3/. D., yeiu York City:— i 

From Henry R. Howlnud, BufTalo, y.V. :—Conwnr, 

(Ma-^s.) Centennial Cilebration ; Crozer 0,-n<'alog>-. 
From Jno. J. halting, y'\c York Ciii : 4 toU. Val- 
entine's Corp. Manual, and 8 pamp.'i:< ts ; Map of 
Ireland; ropy of L'lsterCo. Gazcti.-, 17'jy. 

From iViltiam Parsons Lunt, Box' on, it its. .—1 

From r/ifix. B. Moore, Efq., yeio York City :— 
Tuthill f imily rueetimr; 1 bd. v^.l.; 3 pamphlets. 

From Al/nd .Marti-'n, Phila., Penn :-- 1 pamphk-t. 

From yath. H. Moron n, Hartford, Ct. .—Morgan 
Gene.iloL'y. (2 edition^.) 

From Royal Paii"'. yew York Ct?y .-—Annals of 
Tenm-sse.-, and 1 pami.hl..t. 

From I>. Williants Pa't^rfon, yeimrk VaUey, Tioga 
Co.. y. r.;— Lii-hTs of Litch5..1d Bar: Thomp.son 
GenealosA-: a c<mpl<t<- s. r of Refjort-: of Deaf and 
Dumb A'svlum at Haittord. Ct.. IMT-lS^'l : Gale 
Genial.. ay; I).s. of Mr. Fowk-r : Faxon Gcneulntry ; 
Cra 'in Genealogy ; Hosmer; Havden ; Life of Fath- 
er Xash. 

From Dr. M'iUiam Prescott, Concord, JV. H. ;— €2 
j)ami^hk-ts. , 

From Put>Uc Library of Boston. Mats. .—Catalogue 
of the Prince Library ; 1 pamphlet. 

From G. P. Putnam, Esq., yew York City:— 1 bd. 

From G. P. Rniodl d- Co., yew York City .—Ameri- 
can Xcwspaper Directory. 

From Elliott San ford, yew York Ci!'/ : — \0 
phk-ts relating to Alumni of Amherst and ^V'Uliam5 

From Rev. Enoch Sanford, Raynham, J/jfj. .-—Gen- 
ealogy of the families of Kmg. 

From Prof. J. A. Saulisbury,^ Cleveland, Ohio: — I 
bd. vol. 

From Jnst-ph Shannon. City Cl'n-k, yew York City : 
— Xew York Corporati.m Manual for iMi'J. 

From //. R. Stiles, M. D.. Brooklyn, .V. F. .-—Steele 

familv ; Baldwin's Annals of Yale Celkce ; Annals 

of Tivun Co., X. Y.; B.rk-hire Jubike: Gooiwin's 

, Geneal. Xores of Connc'ticut ; 2 Xos. of lari'e and 3 

I of small edition of llmman's Xctes of Puntan Sct- 

lers of Conn. 

From Mr. Thatcher , Hornelh-.-iHe, y.Y . .— Mtmorial 
of Otis Thatcher. 

From U. S. P O. Dej,'t .-—Post Office Directory. 

From Bt. Brig. Gen. Wallin, U. S. A. :—\ pamphlet. 

From Robert WilMs, Flushing, L. I. : — Ui.-lorY of 
Xew-town, L. I. 

From O. y. Wordpn, yew Mil ford. Pa. :—2 vols. 

From Richard Wynkooj}, yew York Ci.'y.— Wyn- 
koop Genealogy. 

From Dr. Thos. Wynne. Rirhmond, Va. :— Rrsrister 
of Baptisms in the church of the French Kefu--ces at 
Mannik-intnwn, Va., (including also a fev entries of 
deaths,) 1721-1744, folio. 

"BcLLETiy" No. 1— A few copies only 

i of this first publication of the Society are 

still on hand, which may be had t\>r binding 

with the Record by remitting 'lb cents to 

the "Publication Committee.' 

* WAyTED. (bv izift orexcbanne > t:) com- 
plete the set now owned by the Society, any 
volumes of the New Ensland Genealo^iical 
Rei^isler, since l^t>l. with llie exception ot 
18Go and "t)6. Ad<lress Librarian. 

jj.% Advertisements will be received lor 
the last page oi cover. 

w7Feir& Co., PriQteri. 47 and 49 Llberir St.. N. T. 

Vol.. I 



Genealogical and Biographical 


Devoted to the Knterests of American 

Genealogy and Biography. 


April, 1870, 


MOTT Memorial Hall, No. 64 Madison Avenue, 

New York City. 


a ji 



by Lord Conibury, ITU'J. J. S. (j. 

12 ; March Jti ; April 9. 


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P. O. Box 5S, Brooklyn, X. Y. 



54 East 25th Street, Xon- York. 


lo'J We^t 45th Str. ct, X. 




36 West 22d Street, X.-r- Y-rk. 

The object of thii? Society is to collect and preserve (also, to publish, as far <as practicible) G'>Ti.MJr,-i..*''. 
Biographical and Historical matter, relating for the most part, though not excluiiveiy, tu 'Jic*.- of 
Xew York. 

A Library has been commenced, already contiiining- many vrorks of great value to the gi nt.iloii<-til 
student ; which, by donation, exchange and otherR-i.~e, is rapidly inerea.-ing. 

The stated meetings of the Society are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, :\t haif- 
past Seven o'clock, P. M., at the Mott Memorial Hall, 64 Madison Avenue, Xc«' York. 

Itleinhershijj.—Yov admission to the Society, the candidate must be nominated by a ni"nil«« r, m 
■WTiting ; be approved by the Board of Tru.<tees, and voted in at a regular meeting. The initiation fcx* i;^ Fiv h 
dollar?, and Rfsident Membership requires the payment, annually, of Five Dollars. The f>'J> MtmWrihij) 
fee (in lieu of all annual asses.sments) is Fifty dollars. The Clerks of the several Counties and Toixiis ,.f tiie 
State are members of this Society fx-njjlcio. 

g^ The Society respectfully solicits from its friends and members in the State, an«l elscwb.rc c..nT-!- 
biuiotis of genealogical and biographical material. In the collection and preservation of >uoh mat*-ri.>]. » v« ry 
one, by the diligent use of some of their leisure moments, can assist the Society to foi-ra a librirj- of ft r^ n- o. 
which shall prove of incalculable service to future students of American Genealogy and Hi.-tory. 

Copies of ancient iuscriptions and epitaphs, full aud exact copies of irtscriptions from ih-- ve::i'-t« :»••«> 
m.>nuinents, tombs, tablets, etcA, to be found in every city, town, village and hamlet of the Stiti- ; vXtT.o-.* 
from town, church ami parish records ; transcripts of public records of birth.>, mamages aud ilr.ith-, aud ^-x 
I rivate fcimiiy records; personal remini.<cences and narratives, taken from the lips of old piTS->ii.-- yet iivic^ 
<>n;r us ; autobiographies ; lists of soldiers and sailors, histories of regiments, military orgauiz-iliwiu. t-t- -, 
.n Th- Revolutionary War, the Second War, and the late Civil War. 

Bioi-'raphical memoirs, sketches and notices of persons who c-aino to Xorth Anuriei, esie.i;i".ly t«' the 
-deny and State of X'ew York, before the year 1700; showing from what places in Europe they lam. . ?!•• "" 
t^mulies there, and their descendants in this country. Full and minute genealogical memoiri aii-t t-i. U-, 
-li'.'^uu' the lineage and descent of fimilies from the earliest date, to which they can be aulb 1;:: .'. ;' '• ■ ■ ' 
- ^'•1: to th." present tiuic, with their branehes and connections. 

All donations of books, pamphlets, 
S«-<iet>-, aud promptly acknowledged. 

manuscripts, etc., will be gratefully receivi>d -Ji 5- 


QpHFalogiral anil |3iogpap^iraI ^nnvi. 

Vol. I. 


No. 2. 


BcinR the substance of a paper read before the 
Society, in October last, by Mr. Charles B. 


We need not say in Greek, '•' Gnothi Seau- 
tou'^ nor in Latin "Xosce Te-ipsum," but in 
plain English, " The proper study of man- 
kind, is man " No study is more interestinL^ ; 
none more comprehensive; none more readi" 
divided into separate branches, for thorough 
pursuit. We must divide and each take a 
part for full examination if we would make 
united and general progress. What part 
shall each take up, and steadily pursue as a 
specialty 1 or, what part shall we rapidly 
touch, on the present occasion, and advocate 1 

The British Quarterly (in 18-39) challenged 
renewed attention to questions of '^physical 
and moral keritage.'" "It takes many geuera- 
tio'^s," says >rr. Froude, "to breed up 
high qualities, either of mind or body." In 
selecting for use the best animal of a high 
order, such as a horse or a dog, it is conceded 
that race and blood are important ; both as to 
intelligence and courage, i. e. mentally, and 
as to size, strength, speed, and endurance, 
i. e. physically. Then, must not race and blood 
be much more important, in both depart- 
ments, for ffian ; the highest class of all 
animals! Mankind exhibit the most extra- 
ordinary grades and capacities, physical and 
mental, of and for extreme degradation and 
miserable weakness or wickedness : and also, 
of and for almost illimitable improvement, 
eminent excellence, and wonderful power and 

We may look to all possible sources to ac- 
count for the extremes, and for such varieties 
between them. Climate and food are impor- 
tant ; but these perhaps result in race and 
blood. Those who dispute the effects claimed 
for mere race or blood, will necessarily admit 
the extraordinary force of education and 
training; culture and skill. This may lead to 
the same result. The claim is that "not only 
bodily form" (size) "and color, but also bodily 
activity and aptitude, are heritable." Activity 
by mere exercise produces vigor and skill of 
some kind ; but aptitude is the higher claim, 

the one of the greatest importance. It 
means that 'the development" of the moral, 
or the intellectual facaltics of the parents, 
renders them more able and willing to impart, 
and tiie chihlren more ready to rtreiie, cul- 
ture arid education, and more certain of at- 
tainin2 and imparting to their children, still 
further advancement and ini{)roveraent, al- 
most withotit limit. But if all or a large •j>art 
comes from teaching or from rule, then we 
must look out for the teacher and ruler. If 
mankind are so affected and changed by 
training and culture (as is perhaps the com- 
mon opinion), then we want to kiiow what 
training and culture our ancestors have had 
and what we must give. Thus, whether we 
admit or dispute the theories claiined. statis- 
tics are needed. The high charge and duty 
of man ''to subdue and replenish the 
earth" and to have " domi7iion over it," no 
doubt bring into exercise his highest qualities 
and faculties. These are exerted perhaps in 
due order, (1st) to learn, (lid) to practiie, (3d) 
to teach, and (4th) to rule. Besides what he 
is called upon to practice, each must learn all 
he can, i)re5erve what he learns, communicate 
it to others, a.nd persuad. his equals or coh'ptl 
his subordinates to follow what is right. ' The 
universe"' says Professor Mitchell, "is nHriaih 
adapted to the education and elevation of the 
human intellect. Merely ' to learn ' is treated, 
then, as a topic of sufficient importance and 
is so. But to learn merely to know, or ' to 
practice," — without teaching, persuadiniz or 
ruling others (were it possible.) would be a 
narrow and selfish course. Any animal can 
do that We have something more to do, if 
tee have dominion. The child learns ; the man 
teaches or rules the children. The bible, the 
great book, or collection of books of antiquity, 
has a corps of professional teachers. tran>la- 
tors and expounders, (who do not all a::ree 
with each other, but with whom, we avoid all 
antagonisms.) They take cbar:ze <"'-" '-^-'^^ 2rea:- 
est and most ancient genealogical, biotiiaphi- 
cal, and historical collection. When turned 
into English for all to read, it is found to have 
a ditierent effect from that produced in a for- 
eign language ; but they are fully aware of 



tliis, and tlifv leave room enough for us in the 
more modern field, whicli is nearer to us 
and needs cultivation, and in which all profes- 
sions may unite. We have in the En;.jlish 
lanunage and in print, or in MSS.. since the 
discovery of America, much to learn and to 
teach or enforce. We take notice that 
throu^li our ancestors, in the old country 
ceitain j^reat laws were [jroclaimed and pre- 
served for us; — certain stages of civilization 
and advancement were attained, — indicating 
the sradual development and improvement 
of mar.kind, — by obedience to those laws, — 
children remainini? "lonor in the land." when 
tliey honored their parents and nrofited by their 
maxims and experience; and the sins of 
parents beincj certainly visited upon children, 
unto the third and fourth seneration. unless 
mercifully relieved. We observe much in 
these to stimulate and to guide genealogical 
and biographical pursuits. 

"To di'^cover the great intellectual laws 
presented by the Creator," says Motley — '• is 
tlie science of history." It may be some- 
thing more. The great laws, like the ele- 
ments of chemistry, may be few and simple, 
and may have been long since revealed and 
proclaimed, or they may be minute and exten- 
sive. But they are alwaxjs new to some, and 
often or always new in application and devel- 
opment. It is practically the same thing, if 
we say that to discover and detect the opera- 
tion and application of the great fixed laws 
in the various forms and under all the circum- 
stances in which they have force and effect, 
and to give each law or rule its due influence 
and conform to it, is the object not merely of 
history, but of all science and study, and 
should be the constant as it is the worthy 
effort of all mankind : Besides the old in- 
junction to honor our parents, we have the 
sharp law announced by Burke that "those 
who do not treasure up the memory of their 
ancestors, do not deserve to be remembe^red 
by posterity;" and the judgment of Daniel 
Webster that those who do not look upon 
themselves as a link connecting the })ast with 
the future, do not perform their duty to the 

We tlien take up separately, (at least for a 
portion of our studies) Genealogy and Bio- 
graphy, as a specialty. 

(To 6«; Continued.) 



TIIO.MAS SWORDS, the tir>t of the family 
in thitJ country, was born at MARVBoRoct;H. 
near Dublin, June 19, 1738. His father waN 
a country gentleman of moderate means but 
of suflicient social and political ueighi to 
enable him to procure for ifis son at a veiy 
early age, a commission as ens^ign in the 
•jjth Regiment of Foot, British Army. Soon 
at'ter his joining, the regiment was ordered to 
Auierica, where it formed part of the ill-fated 
expedition under Geneial Abeicrombie, in 
1756. In the disastrous attack on Fort Ti- 
conderoga. where General Lord Howe wa.s 
killed. Ensign Swords was severely wounded, 
and for his gallantry was promored to a Lieu- 
tenancy on the field. When recovered from 
his wounds, he was entrusted with several 
very important commands, in that ];art of 
the Province of New York, notably that ot 
Fort George, then considered the key of the 
Lakes. In 1762, he married at Albany Miss 
MARY MORRELL, a young lady of great 
personal attractions and strength of character. 
Four years afterwards, he resigned his com- 
mission in the army and took up bis residence 
in a house he had built on a large tract of 
land, granted him by the British Government 
in consideration of his services, in Saratoga 
County, near the banks of the Hud.-on. 
Here he dwelt in considerable state tilling 
his fields, dispensing far and wide the hospi- 
tality proverbial among his countrymen, and 
assisting in many ways the neiglibois, less 
favored by fortune. Until a quite recent 
period, many old residents of that region could 
be found, to speak gratefully of his many 
deeds of generosity and thoughtfulness. His 
house still stands, and is represented by a 
capital sketch in Lossing's " Field Book of the 
Revolution." During this period, immedi- 
ately preceding the War of Independence, he 
made several visits to his native laud. 

At the outbreak of hostilities, he was re- 
peatedly solicited by General Schuyler. Lieu- 
tenant Governor Taylor, and mai.y uiher dis- 
tinguished and intiuential gentlemen of the 
Province of New York, his intimate friends, 
to accept the command of a regiment in the 
patriot army, but his convictions of appa- 
rent duty outweigiied all their solicitations, 
backed by the threat of confiscating his 
property in case of refusal. Though a firm 
and zealous friend of the iand in which he 



lived, and for which he had bled, yet he 
could not violate the allegiance he had 8worn 
to maintain towards his sovereign, in whose 
service he still remained, on hall pny. 

On refusing the offers which had heen 
made him, he was compelled to share the fate 
of many other influential loyalists, who were 
removed fiotn their homes to prevent their 
holding intercourse with the British in Canada. 
In the summer of 1777, when the Royal army 
under General Burgoyne, was advancing 
through the wilderness of northern New York, 
he was permitted to retuin to his hcnne to re- 
move his family to Albany. 

The murder of Ja)ie McCrea, transpired a 
few miles north of his homestead, and the 
first tidings of that most brutal alf'air was 
carried to the garrison ai Fort Edward by his 
youngest son, James, then a lad of twelve 
years of age, who happened to be in the 
neighborhood at the time The desperately 
contested battles of Freeman's Farm and 
Remits' Heights, where General Frazek 
fell, were fought within a very short distance 
of his house, which was then occupied as 
the Head-quarters of the JRoijal Army. Six 
mik'S north lay the field on which that army 
grounded its arms and formally surrendered. 

After the capture of Burooyxe, Captain 
Swords and many other loyal gentlemen, not 
being permitted to go to Canada, obtained a 
"Flag" to proceed to the city of New York 
with their families. Their petition for this 
favor is now on tile in the library of the New- 
York Historical Society. 

Here he remained until his death in 1780, 
retaining always the respect and love of all 
with whom he was thrown in contact. 

He left five children, three boys and two 
girls. Of the latter, the elder married, first 
Mr. Allen Jackson, an English merchant of 
high standing in this city. He shortly died, 
leaving one son who was killed in a duel in 
New Orleans in 1828. Mrs. Jackson after- 
wards married Mr. Douglass Anderson, a Scotch 
gentleman long resident here, by whom she 
had one daughter, married in 1830 to Mr. 
Thomas B, Cuming, lately deceased, who for 
more than fifty years, did business at the cor- 
ner of Hanover Square and Pearl street, in 
this city. He was "a gentleman" of the old 
school. Captain Swords' younger daughter 
married Mr. Henry Brewerton, by whom slie 
had one son. Brevet- Major General Henry 
Brewerton, corps of Engineers, United Stales 

army, md one daughter, married to I)a»H 
Rogers, Esq., of Xtuburgh, on the Hudson. 

Captain Swords' elde.^t son, Itiihard, a 
young man of great, through bis 
father's influence, early obtained a conjmis- 
sion in the Royal army, and greatly distin- 
guished himself, but was killed at the age of 
eighteen, while serviiig under Arnoli* in hi's 
raid on Virginia, in 1781. His death almost 
broke his mothers heart. She was a woman 
of extraordinary firnmess and courage. After 
the removal of her husband from his home, 
on account of his refusal to join the patriot 
forces, the house becan)e an object of regard 
to the neighbors, as it was suspected of atibnl- 
ing an asylum aiid rendezvous for loyalists 
fleeing to Canada, and by order of ihe Com- 
mittee of Safety, was watched da\' and nigiit. 
Mrs. Swords, had then with her only her 
young children, and two female servants. On 
one occasion, she discovered persons lurking 
about the house after nightfall. She instantly 
armed herself with a pair of piscols and a 
sword, left behind by hei- husband : then, ])la- 
cing herself by a table in the hall, she re- 
mained there, alone, all night, in readiness to 
resist any attempt to enter the house. In 
August, 1778, while residing in New York, a 
fire which destroyed over GObuildings. consum- 
ed the dwelling of Captain Swords, with all its 
contents, a most grievious loss in the then si- 
tuation of the family. Unable to find a shelter 
at the moment in the city, they resided for 
some months at Bergen, New Jersey, v hen 
they were stripped of all that was portable cr 
valuable about the house, by a plundering 
band from the American lines, who besides 
subjected them to every possible indignity on 
account of the small amount of their booty. 

The war having deprived the family of all 
their property, the two younger sons, Thomas 
and James, were early apprenticed to a prin- 
ter to acquire a knowlediie of what is justly 
called the 'Mother of all sciences." At tlie 
peace of 1783, Mrs. Swords went lo England 
with her daughters, in the hope of getting 
from the British government some remunera- 
tion, for what she had lost in consequence of 
the unswerving loyalty of her husband. In 
this she partly succeeded. Shortly after her 
return in 178>), her sons establi«>:ied them- 
selves in Pearl Street as!ier> and Prin- 
ters, under the firm name oi T. & J. Swords. 
Very soon they became identified with the 
Epi-scopal Church, and were reoognized ai 



the publishers for that denomination. Their 
editions of the Bible and Coinuion Prayer 
Book, were the standard and authorized ver- 
sions, while Swords' Church Almaxac 
brouf^ht them in relation with every member 
of the denomination throughout the land. 
Their bookstore was the favorite resort and 
head-quarters, of all the Episcopal clergy, 
resident in or visiting New York. The senior 
member of the firm, for nearly thirty y*^ars, 
was a leading man in tlie Vestry of Trin- 
ity Parish, then, as now, the wealthiest and 
most powerful corporation in the church. 

For fifty years the firm continued un- 
changed, a most extraordinary circumstance 
in the business annals of Americans, arid was 
then dissolve I by the retirement of the junior 
partner, James Swords, who had been elect- 
ed to the Presidency o-f the Washixgtox 
Pike Insurance Company, of this city, in 
which position he continued until his death 
in 1844, full of years and honors, beloved and 
esteemed by all. 

He left one daughter still living, unmar- 
ried, and two sons of whom the younger, 
Robert S. Swords, won deserved distinction 
during the late war as Lieutenant Colonel of the 
2d New Jersey Cavalry. He resides at Xexcark, 
Xew Jersey^ is married, has a large family, and 
practices law. The other son Charles R. 
Swords, reside in this city, is also married 
and has three children, is a retired merchant, 
and devotes himself to Belles-Lettres, and 
Music. After the dissolution of the time- 
honored firm of T. & J. SwoKDS, the senior 
partner associated witli himself his eldest son, 
Edward J. Swords and Thomas N. Stan- 
ford, son of the Reverend Dr. Stanford, of the 
Episcopal church, who had been brought up 
in the employ of the old firm, under the name 
of Swords, Stanford & Co., Booksellers and 
Publishers. So it remained until the death of 
Mr. Thomas Swords, in 1843, in the eightieth 
year of his age. So large was his acquain- 
tance, so liberal his charities, and so univer- 
sally beloved, that his funeral was one of the 
longest ever seen in New York. By his own 
direction, his body was carried from his resi- 
dence No. 85 Leonard street to St. John's Chapel 
in Varick street, and the funeral cortege ex- 
tended unbroken, nearly the entire distance. 

He was married in 1799 to Miss Marv 
White, of Fhiladiljihuz, by whom he had nine 
children, all but one living at .the time of his 
death His widow survived until 1S68, dying 

in her 86th year, and was interred by \i\> side 
in Trinity Cemetery, where also rej»ose the re- 
mains 01 three of their children. One son 
Andrew Jackson Swords, volunteered dur- 
ing the Mexican war, received a commi-^^ion 
in CoL')NEL Stevenson s Ryiment of Xtir 
York J'olunfeers, and was killed at the battle of 
Los An'jeloB in California, in 1847. Another 
son, Brevet Major General Thomas Swijbus, 
United States Army, also manifested the 
family propensity for military affairs, and re- 
peatedly distinguished himself in Florida, in 
Mexico, and during the late contiict. 

Alter the death of Mr. Swords, the firm of 
Swords. Stanford & Co. dissolved, Mr. 
Edward J. Swurds, devoting hini-;elf to the 
Printing Department, while Mr. Stanford, con- 
tinued the book business, in connection with 
a younger son, .Mr. James R.. Swords, under 
the firm name of Stanford & Swords, so 
remaining until the death of the latter in 
18o-3, when the name ceased any longer to 
appear among the book trade, after an honor- 
able career of 69 years. 

In the churchyard of Saint Paul's, in this 
city, is a tombstone with the luHowing inscrip- 
tion : 

" Near this spot were deposited the re- " 
•' mains of Lieutenant Thomas Swoudp, laie '' 
'• of his Britannic Majesty's 55th Re^m^n'f 
" of Foot, who departed this life on the '' 
" 16th of Januaiy, 1780, in the 42d year of " 
" his age." 

" And underneath this tomb lies ail that " 
" was mortal of Mary Swords, relict of the '" 
" said Lieutenant Thomas Swords, who, on " 
" the loth day of September^ 1798, and in " 
" the 55th year of her a^e, fell a victhn to " 
" the pestilence which then desolated the 
" city of New York. As a small token of " 
" respect, and to commemorate the names " 
" of those who deserved and commanu'^d " 
" the esteem of all who knew them, this " 
■' tomb N.-as erected Anno Domini, 1799." 

R. S. D. 

Morristown, N. J., 

March 14th. 1870. 

^% The July number of the "2: ecord'' will 
be issued proiuptly on thp first of liiai monili, 
and will probably be of double si/.e. U will 
give the conclusion of Mr. Moores valuable 
paper, and of the •' Tangier" Smith Records, 
and some other matters of special interest. 




Granted by Lord Cuiubury, w hile Govern- 
or of the Province. 

These licenses are contained in an old book 
of records in this city, ami it is believed have 
never api)eared in print before. 

J. S. G. 

{Continued from the January numhtr.) 

Jan. 28th. — Dominius Van derrere, and 

Maria Margaretta Van Orieck. 
P'eb. 3d. — Robert Hickman, and 

Susannah De Haeese. 
Feb. 21th.— John Harnill, and 

Chrisiine Rosevelt. 
Feb. 27th. — Lubert Jansen Blerkonie. and 

Angell Hendricks. 
Mar. 2d. — John Cruyger, and 

Mary Cuyler. 
Mar. 17th, — Alexander Stuart, and 

Catharine Rivilie. 
Mar. 30th.— Richard AViJlett, and 

Francis Deraval. 
Apr. 8th. — Augustine Graham, and 

Jane Chiswell. 
Apr. 9th.— Thomas Stillweli, and 

Ellis Throgniorton. 
Apr. 10th. — John Shepard, and 

Ruth Davis. 
Apr. r2th. — John Reemer, and 

Alkey Lessonby. 
Apr. 12th. — John Allison, and 

Christine Hyndes. 
Apr. 17th. — Thomas Allison, and 

Anne Gallutton. 
Apr. 17th — William Laconte, and 

Margaret Mahoo. 
May 2d. — John Sunsorke, and 

Eve Hul grave. 
May 4ih.— Richard Hall, and 

Anne Evetts. 
May 6th.— Epenetus PUtte, and 

Elizabeth Smith. 
May 12th. — Adolphe De Groosse, and 

Rachell Coderese. 
May 12th.— Edward Blagge, and 

Johanna Vrikers. 
May 16th.— Patrick Crawford, and 

Katlierin Potter. 
May 22d — Ogrhert Suert, and 

Hellegond Luyckas. 
May 26Lh. — Isaac Lansing, and 

Janeke Beekeman. 

(Joix Continued.) 


At a regular meeting, February 12t!i, 1870, 
several members elected and others nomirja- 
ted. Large number of donations of books, 
reported by Librarian. Henry R. Siiles, M. 
D., read a paper entitled " The Old Libraiian.'' 

Regular meeiin^, March 12ili, 1870. the 
pedigree of William F. Coles, was pre.-ented. 
The Recording Secretary read the resolutions 
of the Board of Trustees passed on the 1 1th, 
to issue the " Record" as a quarterly public.i- 
tion, and the appointment of Messrs, Henry 
R. Stiles, S. Hastings Grant, and John S. 
Gautier, as a Publication Committee for tlie 
year 1870. 

A short paper was read by H. R. Stiles, on 
the biograjihy of William Wood, the f(junder 
of the Mercantile Library. 

A paper was also read by C. B. Moore, on 
the " Livingston Family, with {particulars re- 
lating to the late John B. Coles." 

At a regular meeting held March 26th. 
1870, Ellsworth Elliot, M. D., read a paper on 
the biography of the late Jacob To«n.send 
Gilford, M. D. 

Regular meeting, April 9th, 1870. a paper 
by the Hon. Tennis G. Bergen, of Bay Ridge, 
was read, entitled "A sketch of the Life of 
Antony Jansen Von Salee, the fir.^i actual 
settler of New Utrecht, L I." 

A committee was appointed to report a 
plan proper to be pursued by this Society in 
compiling •• Indexes of Names," relating to 
Biographies and Biographical Notices, already 
printed, of citizens, residents, land owners or 
visitors in the Province and State of New 
York," from the first settlement of the Coun- 
try to the present time. 

A series of resolutions were passe<l relat- 
ing to the death of Gulian C. Verplanck. 




by Hexrt Marvik Benedict, Albany. Jocl 

ifunsell, 1870, 8vo. 24 pp. 

This compactly printed pamphlet, tiic work 
of a great grandson of Col. Joab Siatlord, 
gives us very full biographies of Col. Joab, 
(born at Warwick, R. I.. Nov. Uth, 1720,) 
and his sou Spencer, (born May lOlh, 1772.^ 
Col. Joab StaflTord was a Colonel in the Revo- 



lution, and (lie<l Nov. 23d, 1801, at Cheshire, 
Mass., having Vjeen a merchant of Albany, lor 
several years. His sons .John and Spencer 
were men of extensive business connections, 
and are mentioned in Munsell's Recollections 
of Albany, as among the '• principal merchants 
of the City; those who gave life and charac- 
ter to its business interests " The work also 
gives brief sketches of other members of this 
branch of the Stafford family, and the gen- 
ealogy of Col. Joab's descendants in the male 
line, (155 in number,) to the present time. 
Although defective in its account of Col. 
Joab's ancestors, it recompenses for this, by 
the very fijU and accurate account alluded to 
above of Col, Joab, and of Spencer, his son, 
and we welcome it as an interesting contribu- 
tion to our Biographical and Genealogical 


M. H. S. 


came from Braintree, England, in the year 1638, 

and settled in "Windsor, Connecticut, in 1639. By 

Elias LooMis, LL. D., Professor of Natural 

Philosophy and Astronomy, in Yale College. New 

Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 221 State 

Street. 1870. 8vo. pp. 292. 

This book is well printed, and sixty-nine of 

its pages are devoted to three full indexes. 

Looniises, Inter-marriages, and Residences, of 

which the first and third are excellent, while 

the second is too full, and is liable to mislead 

the enquirer, as it refers to residences which 

are not named in the book, and which were 

unknown to the author ; he assuming the 

residence of men marrying Loomis girls to 

be the same as that of the parents of the 


The work has a certain value for members 
of the family, but the working genealogist, 
who looks to it for help, will be sadly disap- 
pointed, for the author has persistently ig- 
nored the obligation which rests on every 
genealogist, to show the origin of those who 
marry into a family, as well as those who are 
born into it; and not even in the case of his 
wife and mother, has he ventured to record 
the names of the parents, or the date and 
place of birth, of those who have entered the 
family by marriage ; consequently every 
one interested in the allied families mu'^t re- 
examine the same ground to get the facts 

The author seems to have a dim perception 
of the fact that his dates, prior to 1752, are 
unreliable, for he says : '• In making my 

transcripts from the old records, when tliere 
was a double date, I fre<iuently copied only 
one of the dates " The confusion in old 
records, is bad enough without adding to it in 
tliat way. As a remedy, he proposes : -If 
those who detect errors of this kiiid, will 
point them out to me, they .>hall be corrected 
in a second edition," forgetting that Ins own 
duty requires him to revise with ca^e all 
records prior to 1752, which he has copied for 
his work. 

Pages 12-15, contain a curious ''Table il- 
lustrating the history of the Loomis family in 
England," in which the name Loomis (\oes not 
once occur. Other names are traced a.s 
Lumhalfjhes. Lomatz, Lommat, Zomax, Lo,nns, 
and various other forms, not continuously, 
but by occasional glimpses, from 1435 to 1^48. 

Two coats of arms are given, one of Lomax, 
the other of Zomas, but the right to use them 
by the American Loomis family is neither 
proved, nor expressly disclaimed, for which 
lapse we invoke the tender mercies of our 
Boston friends. D. W. P. 

Ward. We have seen, in the printer's 
hands, a brief line of descent of William 
Raymon-d Lee Ward, of New York City, 
from Hexrt Warde, who was member of 
Parliament for Norwich, in 1553 and l'fJ2. 
and Lord of the manor of Kirby Beden, and 
of the manor of Barkway Rectory in Hertford- 
shire, etc. 

It is beautifully printed upon the heaviest 
pasteboard, 10}^ by 13 inches in size — with a 
few accompanying sheets, arranged for t!:e 
reception of photographs. Only four copies 
have been printed. 


Answers to inquiries under thi> head should be 
addressed to the " PrBLiCAXio.v Committff," 
64 MadLscn Avenue.] 

^>% Sir He.vrt Clintox. Can any ont- infuim me 
as to when and when he was bom I Was he not a 
native of Xew York ? I have ienn some letters signed 
H. Clinton, in a very boyish hand, dated Fort Gtori;e, 
2 think, 1153. Stlve.ster. 

*% Dodge. Can any of our readers pive me in- 
formation relating to the Dodtrc family Im fore 
1700,- who had representatives at Block Island, R. I.. 
andalsoatXow London, Conn., in lu'JJ,— that will 
lead to the discovery of the fath.-r of Junv P ■iur, 
who married Thomas Staflord, Jr., of ^\'ar\vKk. li. I-, 
Dec. 28, 1671V M. U. S. 

^% Hay. Are any of otir readers aware of any 
record of the descendants of Dr. "SVm. Hay, f-.-mitrly 
of South lleadin_', Mass. 



,% Pain. " Ralph Pain of Rhode Island," is the 
dcsiprnation of an indiv idual to whom Thomas Drake of 
Woymouth, ^[, bj- deed dated June l'2th, 1CS8, in 
consideration of eiphty pounds, conveyed an undivid- 
ed half part of the nineteenth lot in Freetown. Dav- 
id Evans the owner of the other half of this lot made 
a division -with Pain of the property, March 30th, 1703, 
and Pain continued to occui)y his part probably until 
his death. His willbears date of .April 2.'Jd, 1722, and 
in it he mcntioiLS his wife Doritha, and sons John, 
Thomas and Joseph, and daiifrhters -Mary .Sloeum and 
Sarah BrifrKS. 

Pi.alph was a Grand-Juryman, for Freetown, in 1G8G, 
and Constable in 1702. In the Pain burial pround at 
Freetuwn stand two stones bearing? the letters R. P. 
and 1). P., tluit are supposed to mark the trraves of 
Ritlph Pain and Doritha his wife. If any of your 
readers can t<ive inforiuati'n of Ralph Pain previou:> 
to 1G88, will he please cuiumunicate the same to E. 
W. Peirce, Freetown, Mass. A notice of this kind has 
already appeared in the JVeio Eny. Hist, and G^n. Rfg- 
ister, to M-hich thus far no reply has boon obtained, and 
a singular mystery seems to shroud the early histoiy 
of this man despite the labors of those desirous of 
bringinjr it to light. ^ 

^%Warrex. In the little graveyard attached to 
the First M. E. Church, at AVarrensburgh, "SVarren 
Co., N. Y., is a gravestone "In Memory of Jamiis 
Warukn, who -was drowned on the 27th day of April, 
1812, in the 44th year of his age." He was one of 
the first settlers of the place, where he kept a store 
and public house, and //ii» dnon was nam/'d after him. 
The namos of Bernj, Bibbin, Gibson, Brannack, 
Richards, Robertson, Aickerson, McDonahls, Wheeler, 
and Maxim, are found in this graveyard, which 
though small, is well kept, and has lately been en- 
closed with a very handsome and substantial stone 
wall, by the generosity of Joseph Woodward, Esq., a 
mitive of the town. 

*% Can any reader of the Record inform me where 
either of the following can be found in Xew York 
City, or \-icinity .' "Dugdale's Baronage of England," 
'* Edeswicke's History of Statfordshire," " Dr. Shaw's 
Hifttorj- of Staffordshire." S. 

Genealogies In Preparation. 

Avery. Rev. William Clift, ot Mystic Ridge, Ct., 
is preparing the genealogy of the Avery family. 

Ballou. A genealogy of this family is being pre- 
pared by Ira B. Peck, Esq., Woonsocket, R. I., the 
author of the Peck Genealu'jy, noticed in our " Bulle- 
tin." ifr. Peck is known as an indefatigable geneal- 
ogist, and has accumulated a wonderful collection of 
valuable material relating to these and other families. 

Clerebxnd and CUavelands. Mr. N. Hubbard Cleve- 
Lin<l, of Southold, Suffolk Co.. X. Y., has in prepara- 
tion a genealog}' of the above family, ha\-ing, in 
addition to th;; results of his own investigations, the j 
material collected by Mr. Xehemiah Cleveland, (for- 
merly of Brooklyn, X. Y., now of Top-field, Mass.,) 
and the late Rev. Oliver Alden Taylor. 

Cunningham. The genealogy of this family is in 
preparation by George A. Cunningham, LuiK-nburg, 
Moiic,, a most careful and industrious genealogLit. 

Denison. Hon. Charles Denison of Myttic Ridge, 
Conn., is preparing a genealog)' of the Dcni*ou 

Holden. Frederic A. Holden, 1312 '• 1 " St., Wash- 
ington, D. C, Is preparing genealogies, inc., of the 
following early settlers of Rhode Island, each of whom 
is his ancestor : 

Randall Holden, Rufu^ Barton, 

Jeremiah Clarke, William Alniy, 

Lewis Latham, John Warner, 

Richard Waterman, Ezekiell Holliman, 

Resolved AVatennan, John Cogtreshall, 

Pvoger Williams, Chad Brown. 

John Wickes, Anthony Low, 

John Townsend, William Arnold, 

Samuel Gorton, Stephen Arnol ', 

Richard Carder, Israel .\m<3bi, 

Robert Potter, James Barber, 

Edward Fi:^he^, Zachariah Rhodes, 

John Greene, Edward Smith. 

John Greene, Jr., 
Any information concerning either of the above 
named persons, or their descendants /'/r tlie first four 
generations will be thankfully received. 

Humphrey.^. Dr. Frederick Humjihrcys of oC2 
Broadway, Xew York, has been for many ytai> en- 
gaged on a history of this family, descended from 
Michael Hunipbreys, of Windsor, Conn. 

Leavrnworl/i. Dr. Franklin B. Hough, of Low- 
•^-ille, X. Y., is engaged in collecting and preparing 
for publication the history of the Leavenworths, in 
America, (Woodbury and Waterbury, Conn.,) from 
materials collected by Gen. E. Warner Leavenworth, 
of SjTacuse, X. Y. Dr. Hough will be thankful for 
any information furnished in relation to the abovt-. 

Page. The history of this family is in preparation 
by Francis A. Page, of the U. S. Army, who will feel 
obliged for any assistance from those interestc-1 in the 
name. Address, at Easton, Pa. 

Palmer. The genealogy of the old Wind-or (Conn.) 
stock of this name, is being most industriously work- 
ed up by Cory don Palmer, of Warren, Trumbull Co., 

Salisl ury. Dr. J. A. Salisbury-, of Cleveland, Ohio, 
is engaged on a genealogy of this family. 

Wakefield. Rev. JohnLawTtnce of Reading, Mass. 
has some MSS. records of this fa.mily. 

Wynkocip. Richard Wj-nkoop, 119 Broadw ly, Xew 
York, who publi>hed a " Preliminary Geneai"gy," as 
a circular, in 1866, is preparing a full Wj-nkoop Gen- 
ealogy, the publication of which may be considerably 

Biographies In Preparation. 

Raymond. Another Biography of Henry J. R-ty- 
mond, is in preparation by Mr. S. S. Conant, for 
several years the ilannihng Editor of the Timrs. 

Rumford. Rev, George E. Ellis, D. D.. oi Boston, 
is writiniT a life of Count Rumford. 

Wijglesworth. John Ward Dean, U John <XT>:'t. 
Boston, Mass., has in manuscript " M( morials td lu v. 
Michael AS'igglesworth," author of The Day of Di^oi^- 
It consists of a brief memoir of Rev. M. NS ., hi- 
funeral sermon preached by Rev. Cotton Mather, his 
Autobiography, (.'orrespondence, Library and other 
matters illustrating his life. 



r-ircf. The Piircc Family of th<.' OM Colony, 
ffiviri'^ ;i Gcncaloi^ioal atcouut of 20<)() lineal de->cen- 
dant- iti Ahraham iViicc, a tax p^'^y^-r, in Plymouth, 
■Ai early as l<i2.{, is now parsing throu^jh the press of 
I). C'lapi) k Son, Loston. 

Painf. Judge Alexander C. Morton, of Columlius, 
Ga., :i friiud and executor of Tliornas I'aine, has in 
preparation a life of this celebrated free-thinker. 

Andrew Boyd, of Albany, has in press and will 
shortly is^ue a complete catalo;,'ue doseriptive of all 
books, pamphlets, etc., relative to Mr. Lincoln, pub- 
lished since his nomination in 18G0. It will have 
three photograph illustrations. 

Local Histories in Preparation. 

Braintref, Mnsx. Messrs. Elias Hay ward and X. 
A. Langley, of South Braintree, are writing a Hist. 
of Braintree. They will include in their compilation 
all m:itters of interest pertaining to the three towns 
of Braintree, Quincy and Randolph, all of the old 
Brantry, Mass. 

Frfftninn, Mass. The History of this place from A. 
D. 1059, by Ebenezer ^V'. Pcivoe, is nearly ready for 
publicttion. Until the year ISOJ, Fall Hiver formed 
a part of this township, when it was formally set off. 
The same author is collecting materials for a history 
of the towTas of Berkb-y and Dighton, Mass., and will 
welcome assistance. Address, Freetown, Bristol Co., 

Rayntiam, Mass. A History of this place prepared 
by Rev. Enoch Sanford, will suon be issued in pam- 
phlet form. 

Franklin B. Hough, of Lowrille, X. Y., who has 
done so much for the local history of our State, has 
now in hand two important works, the first of which 
is a List of Ali?:xs, nationalized by Special Act, and 
authorized to hold lands in the State of Xew York, 
from the year 1713 down to 1870. It will contain in 
alphabetical arrangement over 3,000 names, and will be 
of peculiar service to those tracing family historic s, 
" as affording in many cases the earliest record in exist- 
ence, relating to ancestry in the State, although not 
a certain proof of the date or fact of immigration, as 
some persons were allowed to hold lands who never 
bcc^\me residents." The other work proposed to be 
issued by Dr. Hough, is a translation with annota- 
tions of The Castoelaxd Jolrnal, embracing In- 
cidents of Travel, and Facts connected with the 
French settlement in " Castorland," on the Black 
River, in Lewis and Jeffei-son Counties, N. Y., in 
1793-96. This will form two volumes and will be 
publishctl by subscription only. Price .*10.00. Mun- 
scll, of Albany, is the publisher of both. 

The State HLstorieal Society of Vermont, voted re- 
cently to publish a vol. of Soc. Proceedings and pa- 
pers, and a complete list of its members. 

Mr. Gould, of Portland, Me., has a history of the 
1st, K/th and 29th Pi.cgiments from that State, nearly 
ready for the press. 

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Letters. By (Jeorge Alsop. With an iiitroduc- 
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Gowana. JL25. 

BOURNE. History of the Public .School .<ocifty of 
the city of Xew York. By W. O. Bourne. With 
Portraits of the Pre-idfuts at the 6«x-iety. Kvo. 
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OE COSTA. The >V.rthraeu in Maine. A Criiicai 
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a chapter on the Inscovery of Ma-saohu>ett» Bay. 
8vo. pp. HC. Albany: J. Mun-ell. ?L:5. 

GRAY. History of Oregon, 17y2-If^4i*. By W. H 
Gray. 8vo. pp. 624. Portland, Ore?...n : Harm 
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HUMPHREYS. .-:.ctch of the History of the Third' 
Congregational S<jciity of Sphng-field, Mx'*. With 
Sermon on Rev. W. B. O. Peabody, D. I).. A:c. 
Compiled by Rev. iJr. Humphreys. 8vo. pp. 50. 
SpringfieM : S. Bowles. 50 cts. 

JENNINGS. Memorials of a Century. The early 
Hi.-torv' of BenninL'tou, Vt., and its First Church. 
By Isaac Jennings. 8vo. pp. 40S. Boston : Gould 
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By Henry R. .-^tiles, M. U. Vol. 2. bvo. pp. 50tt. 
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SYPHER. History of Xew Jersey. By J. R. Sy- 
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WATSON. The Military and Civil hiit-.-ry of the 
County of Essex, X. Y., and a .Survey of its geog- 
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Point and Ticonderoga. By W. C. Wats.'n. 8vo. 
pp. vii. 504, Portraits. .Ubany : J. Muusell. 
si. 00. 

WILDER. Address to the Xew England HLstnric- 
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Wilder, with Proceedings, ko. 8vo. pp. 2G. Ikxs- 
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^*^ Records of Bai)risrris and Mari:ui:es in 
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Grave.send Flathind.s and New Utrecht, from 
lG60to 1775. copied by H. Ouderdonk. Jr.. is 
the title of a MSS voium^.' in the Ld'rary of 
the Long Islami IIi>to!ical Society, at Brook- 
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Tho object of this Society is to collect and preserve (also, to publish, as far as practicable) Genexlogic-al, 
Biographical and Historical matter, relating for tho most part, thouirh not exciiL-ively, to the Stale of 
X'ew York. 

A Library has been conirtijncL'd, already oontaiuin'/ many works of great value to the genealogicai 
student ; which, by donation, exchange and oth<-rwise, is mpidly increa-ing. 

The stated meetings of the Society are held on the second and foui-th Saturday of each month, a c half- 
past Seven o'clock, P. if., at the ^Moxx Memoriax, Hall, 64 Madiion Avenue, Xew York. 

Jfetnbersfi ip.— lor admission to the Society, the candidate must be nominated by a member, in 
writing ; be approved by the Board of Tru.-tees, and voted in at a regular meeting. The initiation fee is Fivk 
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fee (in lieu of all annual assessments) is Firxy dollars. The Clerks of the several Counties and Towns of the 
State are members of tliis Sooi-ty ex.ojicio. 

C^" The Society respectfully solicits from its frit-nds and membt-rs in the State, and dicwhere, contri- 
butions of genealogical and biogrjiphical material. In the collection and preservation of such material, every 
one, by the 'iiiigent use of some of their leisure moments, can assist the Society to form a library of reference, 
which shall prove of inailculable service to future students of American Gt-nealo^y an 1 History. 

Copies of ancient inscriptions and epitaphs, full and exact copies of iuscriprlon? from the cemeteries, 
monument;:, tombs, tablets, etc., to be found in every city, town, village and hamlet of the State ; eTtracts 
from town, church and parish records ; transcripts of public records of births, marriages and deaths, and of 
private family records ; personal reminiscences and nairatives, taken from the lips of cdd person': yet living 
among us ; autobiographies ; lists of soldiers and sailors, histories of regiments, military organizations, etc., 
in the Revolutionary War, the Second War, and the late Civil War. 

Biographical memoirs, sketches and notices of persons who came to X'orth America, especially to the 
colony and State of Xew York, before the year ITW; showing from what places in E^iropc lh..y came, their 
families there, and their dt-scendants in this country. Full an<l minute genealogical memoirs and tables, 
showing the lineage and descent of families from the earliest date, to which they can be authentically traced, 
down to the prisent time, with their branches an 1 connections. 

All donation? of books, pamphlets, manu-cripts, etc., will be gratefully received in Kduiit of the 
Society, and promptly acknowledged. 

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(jFUFfllogira! an5 IBiogrfip^iral ^nn?h. 

Vol. I. 

NEW YORK, JULY, 1870. 

No. '6. 


(Coaclwli'dfrnm thu April JV'o.) 

We then take up separately, (at least for a 
portion of our studies) Genfalo'jy and Bio- 
(jRAPHV. as a specialty : j 

Family history has been pronounced the ' 
most dolinhtful of all studies. Every man 
and every family and every neiijhborhood has 
a history. Our design as students must be bv : 
devoted attention to this division of study, to ; 
brins; it more clearly within the domain and 
subject to the rules of fixed science: and to ' 
attain in it, or by means of it. sreater knowl- 
eilge, usefulness, and .success. 

.•' Genenlojij'^ says Dr. Winslow Lewis, " en- 
'• deavors to aacertain fro,n rdinhle utaHstics. • 
'• those laws, by which mor^il or intellectual \ 
" traits, or pliysical characteristics of or2an- : 
" ization, are handed down from generation 
" to generation in races and families." (16 N. \ 
E. Gen. Regr. 123.) 

I tliink Genealogy has even broader objects. : 

Our country now presents one of the | 
grandest fields for studying and practising \ 
the science; and for securing any advantages 
to be attained from its study. It embraces j 
all varieties of races, nations, climate, food, \ 
and occupation, and all varieties of educa- ; 
tion, training and skill. It has arrived at that | 
stage when individual selections must be ! 
made, and when the effects of a choice should 
be studied by ourselves and taught to our 
children. The facilities for loc( 'motion, for 
travel and the use of tiiem, by which climate 
surroundings and associarions of all kinds 
are changed at pleasure, were never before, 
nor any where, so great. These if they favor 
mixtures: teach the effect of and eyiforce selec- 
tions. We can avail our.sehes at once of all 
the history and science of the old national- 
ities, but we have fresh subjects and are free 
from class divisions and from some forced or 
artificial practices which may have disturbed 
scientific rules abroad. 

Sufficient time has elapsed for notice to be 
taken of the general culture and training of 
Native Americnn*, descendants of the set- 
tlers, and of its effect umler \aried couditions 

of origin, race, climate, food, occupation, 
teaching and g<»vernment. A large number, 
widely scattered, for about sever generations 
and rapidly increasing, are purely American — 
many (;oming from England, many from 
Holland a- d elsewhere. We must test their 
(jualii'Hs an., capacities ; recommend and ap- 
plaud w!iat is . od ; condemn and " esch^^w '•' 
the evil. Our city, of all others in Arneiica 
affords the greatest variety of subjects and 
shows the gieatest necessities for ascertaining, 
com{)aring and selecting the qualities of as.^o- 
ciates, companions, friends and p.trtners ; but 
with the smallest possible facilities. 

Descendants from original first settlers, or 
fr(nii such as were here, in America, before 
the year 170" •. ou^ht to be compared and con- 
trasted with those or their descendants, who 
have come fresh from the old country, at any 
time since. Here they are all mixe 1. 

Those who came from England, Wales, 
Scotland or Ireland, may be compared and 
contrasted each with the oMier. so far as any 
permanent or material variance ean be de- 
tected; and also with those who before com- 
ing here, were either French, or Spanish. 
Sclavonic . or Swede, European or Asiaii : ; 
Caucasian, Mongolian, or African : or who 
were either pastorial or agricultural, highland 
or low land, professional or mechanical, com- 
mercial or seafaring. Here in this city we 
have a great gathering of the descendants ol 
original natives of Holland perhaps more de- 
serving of attention than any other race. On 
this point I shall hold myself in readiness for 
a separate discourse whenever you are ready 
to give a listening ear. 

Starting with the nation or race, and the 
place of origin in the old country and with 
all the circumstances we can learn, we are to 
detect, cla-ssify, and record all the pecidiari- 
ties, in this new continent, north of the 
equator, which may produce la>ting and 
serious results in descendants, or e.xbibit traits, 
actions or conse<|uences, worthy ot iu.itatioii. 
pursuit, or avoidance. To do this for each 
man, we wish to know and to pn.'ser'^e. icit!-. 
his name : — 



1st. The dates and jdnceg of birth and death ; 
his era an<l locality, as accurately ar> possible. 
In early and eruiie f^enealooical attempts, 
these are nea:lectefl. They are soon foun'l 
biirhly essential. Without them it becomes 
impossible to identify or trace individuals 
and iheir descendants, or to detect errors 
or frauds. 

2d. The origin. This requires the father'it 
and mother's names, with additions or refer- 
ences sufficient for race and family of origin. 

;id. The mcrrriage, wirh full particulars 
about the wife or wives ; especially her falher'n 
name, \\\ order to trace her family, antece- 
dents and surroundings. Femiiles are as im- 
portant as males for blood ajid race; and 
indeed for everything except fighting. No 
separate genealogical accounts are often kept 
respecting them ; but their ancestry should be 

4th. 2'he children. These are necessary to 
understand the course and conduct of each 
individual as iuHuenced by his childien and 
his plans for them. They are necessary also, 
in order to trace the children; and f<jr de- 
scendants to have the proper clues to find 
their ancestry. If a son be married, he is 
expected to have his own separate statement 
If a daughter, her husband's name should be 
given in order that under that name we may 
trace hi.s or her family and their descendant-s. 
If sons or daughters be not married, then all 
practicable particulars should oe given of 
them under the father's family heading: 
for no other genealogical account is taken of 
them, and when for one man, or head of a 
family, we have thus the name, dates, location, 
father's and motliers names, with references, 
name of wife and her father, and names of 
children, we warit then, 

l^P* ^A« sa t e particulars for each of his 
ancestors ; 
as far back as we can get them. 

All the rest, the filliwj up, for each, is more 
purely biographical, and is not governed by 
definite rules or limits. But besides anything 
remarkable in his character or conduct, his 
failures and successes, it is important for 
statistical pur[>oses to note bis education, 
trnining, occup'ition or profession, and places 
of residence. Publications and records by 
or concerning the individual, should bebiief- 
ly mentioned. They are ro'.'.chers and proofs 
of location, conduct and identity if nothing 
else. simple ruies carefully ob-erved with 
an exact system of reference Iroio one lo 
another to avoid repel iiions and wiih a few 
abbreviations, .serve all the purposes of the 
< ; and these are needed also for 
the Biographer. 

They are not now well attended i<j. How 
shall we teach or enfone them ' C. B. .Nl. 

Will of Philip Pieterse Schuyler, the 
progenitor of the family in this Coun- 
try, and his wife Margareta Van Slech- 

Contribated by E. B. O' C. 
In the name of God Amen, .Mr. Phillip 
Schuyler old Commissary in Albany at pres- 
ent Weak of Body but of sound meuiory and 
uu leistanding, and .Mis .Margaret Van 
Slechtenhorst in goo;l, health both as to Body 
and min I Persons or good Repute Residein2 
here. Considering the short and fraile con- 
dition of humane Life the Ceitainiy of D<»atL 
and Doubtt'ull houre of ihe same Upon Pre- 
iiieditaNMl and Due advice withou: the In 
da';e:ueiK Persuasion or Mislea ling of any 
Per>ou do Declare to have mule oi-dained ' 
and Confirmed this their .loynt Respeciiup 
and reci[)rocall Last Will and Testament in 
manner and forme following:. First bequeath- 
ing theire i mortal I Soules vvhen tliey shall Pan 
from their bodys into the Gracious anu 
inercifull hands of God their Creator and 
Saviour and their bodys to Christian buriall 
and also Revoakeing annuUinii and makeing 
Voidby these presentsall and Every Such Tes- 
tamentary Dis[)Osalls as together or apart they 
before the Date hereof miy have made or 
Passed and Coming herewith F].Kj):-e>siy to 
the Dispo>all of their Temporary Estate 
they Leave behind so have they the Tostaior.-« 
nomiuited an<l Constituted and by these 
Presents do noiuinate an«l con^ritute for his 
or her whole and sole heire Ree'procally The 
Longest Liuer or t.hem two and that of all 
the goods moueable and Immoueable actions 
and ('reditls mony gold silver Coyned and 
Uncoyned .lewells Cloathes Lin'ien Woolen, 
houshold Scuff and other nothing id the 
World Excepted nor Reserved as well in thi^ 
Country In Holland Geld-^rland or Elsew.h^.'-e 
where the same shall by i>r bee tVmnd to Dis- 
pose thereof as hee or shee should or nnjht 
Do with hes or her patrimonicall LtlecLs 
without Hindrance or Contradiction oi any 



person. Provldetl al waves that the Lougest 
Liiiei- of Theti) two stands obliged hoiiistly 
to iiiaiDtaine bring up and Keep till they 
come of age or are marrijed their four Vn- 
deraged Children namely Arent two and 
twenty yeares ot age Phillip Seauenteene 
yeares of age, Joliartnes Hfteene yeares of age 
and Margeret Kleveii yeares of age and them 
to Exercise in all Piety, and that they are 
brought Vj) to Rea<rmg Writing and as handi- 
craft Trade wherewith in their times they may 
honestly gett their Liueing and that when 
tliey Come of age or are marrijed with con- 
sent of the Longest Liuer the Longest of 
them two shall beobliged to give to Each of the 
said umleraged Children a tilth Portion, so 
much as the Longest Liuer of them two in good 
Consicense shall find convienient and accor- 
ding to the Estate and opportiuiity that then 
shall present and further to Act as good 
honest parents ought to Doo. and whereto 
they do Entrust each other according to all 
Etpiity and their ability without being further 
obliged and that by reason that the testators 
catuiot at Present make any Certaine account 
and Inventary of their Estate not VVilling nor 
De.sireiiig accordingly that by or concerning 
their before.said Child or Children any account 
or Inventary of the Estate shall be taken 
Vnder what pretence soever itt might bee 
from the Longest Liuer of them two, Tho in 
Case the Longest Liuei" might happen to Dy 
before the beforesaid four children come of 
age or are marrieil itt is Expressely Desired 
by the Testators that sucli CKild or Children 
that then shall be Vnder age shall bee main- 
tained out of the comon Estate till they come 
of age or are marrijed, and if so bee 'he 
Estate bee made wor.>t by fire warre o. -her 
Losse (which God Prevent) so shall those 
who have had noe Portions in Place of and 
♦"or their Portions first Receave Each the sunie 
of Twelve hundred and fifty guilders in 
Beavers, that is for the four Children, five 
thousand Guilders in Beavers and then shall 
the whole Estate be E<iually Divided among 
the Testators Eight Children by name Ger- 
truyd the wife of Stiphanus van Courtland, 
Alida the wire of Robert Livingston, Peter, 
Brant. Arent. Phillip Johannes and Margaret 
Schuyler among them oi their heires a Like 
to be Divided, the one not more then the 
other, Butt in Case the Longest Liner of the 
Testators might happen to remarry then that 
Party shall be obliged to Deliver a true 

account and inventory of the Estate and 
thereof to Sett out Part and Divide in the 
whole to witt one true moyety to the Behoof 
of the Testators beforesaid Eight Children 
among them or their heires E<^naHy and a 
Like to bee Divided to the one not more then 
the other and the other half to the Behoofe 
of the Longest Liuer of them two which In- 
ventory the Longest Liuer shall be bound if 
there bee Occasion to assert upon Oath without 
being any further ob]ige<l always Provided 
that the Longest Liuer shall take and £n- 
joye the Interest of the Principell beloi.iiing 
to the Children During their minority for their 
maintanence and bringing up, and on the 
Death of one of the Child or Children afore- 
said in their luinority their hereditary Portion 
shall bee to the behoofe ot the surviveing Chil- 
dren, and for Security of what is above njade 
and bequeathed to the Children staiids bound, 
the farmes. Lands. Houses and Tenenienis that 
they the Testators have in this Counliey so 
neuer the Less if their bee Occasion Except 
Selling that the Longest Liuer may Enter 
upon the Same and Dispose thereof a.- also 
their other Effects for his or their maiutence. 
Lastely they the Testators in these Presents 
have shutt out and Excluded Keeping all 
Due Respect the Weesmasters of this Place 
and Every one where these Presents may 
be of Effect from the Rule and Charge of 
their said Children and g<jods not wiiliug that 
they should trouble Themselves wherewith 
but Instead of them have appointed as Gar- 
dian or Guardians over the same the Longest 
Liuer <^f Them two with Power to Desire and 
take One or more Persons to oversee with ih»m 
all the above written the Testator^ Declareiug 
to be the Last Will and Testament of them 
boath Desireing that the same after the 
Decease of the* first of them may have and 
take itts full Power and Effect be itt as Tes- 
tament. Cordicill, Donation Legacy or Other- 
waves as itt best may take Etfect notwith- 
standing any Solemnity in forme or Law may 
be omitted, neglected not Insert*»d or ob- 
served, Praying all Lords (,'ourts and author- 
ity where these presents shall take Etfect that 
itt may have all Possible Benifitt ai.d by mee 
the wrifer thereof to be made and Delivered 
one or more Instruments to Conclude all as 
itt ought. 

Done in Albany, at the house of the Testa- 
tors Upon the first Day of May one thousand 
six hundred eightv and three Old Stile being 




Tuesday EveiiiriL' about nine of tlie Clock \u 
Presents of Mr. Cornells V^n Dyke and Mr. 
Dirick Wesselh^s Commissary s of this Towne 
as Witnessed lierounto Delivered, Signed and 

CoRNFus Vandyke, 


Mee Present, 



The above instrument was presented for 
probate at a court held in Albany, on the 4th 
day of March 168^ by the widow Mrs. Marga- 
reta Schuyler throuirh lier son A rent, and on 
deposition of the two witnes-<es was admitted 
to record and she referred to the Governor 
to obtain letters of administration. The 
Court record being attested by Robert 


Tin- orig^inal, now (1H4/J) in p<j^M.-ion of John t . 
S.hnylir of \\'t<t Troy (fonutrly c-iill.ti tuo Fiats) i» 
written on .1 p.-i^cn of folio papor. one pupe for *«fh 
in-trunieut, and id in i;<x»<l pri-6<Tv:ition, except tb#- 
Ifi^t Ic-af which i-i rau< L woiii in the folds. 

Th.' orifrinal will as t-xt'^uttd by tht; Tfitaton- mut^ 
have hecn in Dut'h, a* appears from HOother ai>i 
ditfer'.-nt tian<lation in more modr-rn ortho;rraphv, 
also in Mr. John C. ."^chuylerV i>o.-iH-isi'.n. wTittvn tm 
a sheet of foolscitp, tht- ink beintf much and 
ru?ty. It L< in g.«.<l pr«.g«Tvation. auj In^th traa-b- 
tions virtually and nearly virlia!ly at.'ret- with ea« h 
other, difforin:< only in a fen in^tanci s from the »el«-«-T- 
ion of (Jitfi-rent word* to expr'-s the same obje«-t. 
The probated trin-lation. probably by Rolnrrt Livinir- 
ston, Ls the better tn.'li-h. • • ♦ ♦ • [ have n^K 
discovered Duteh I>i.<uni' nt. 

s. .\I.(tF.^EX. 
Jersey City, April Sth. IMG. 

XoTK. -For the Drawing of Gov. I)ou?an's s«al. 
which illu^tnit.s thi.s .irticle, we are indebted to Dr. 
O'Callaehan ; the sam»-. we believe, iivver hnvini 
appeared before in print. 

Errattm.— Xo. 1, p. 3, Ist t ol., linp h from bottom. 
For, Oct., 1798, r^aii Xov. 18, IH04. 

Thomas Dougan 
Lieut, and Gouvernor 
under his Roy'- high"'' 
of N. Yorke Depend- 
encyes in America. 
To all to whom this 
Shall or May Concern. 
Greeting. Know yee 
that att a (^ourt held at 
Albany the fourth Day 
of March last the Will of Phillii' Schuyler, 
late of Albany Deceased Anne.xed to these 
PreseDt,s was Proved who haveing while he 
lived and att the time of his Death goods and 
Chattels Rights and Crediths within the said 
Tow'ue of Albany and Province. And Mar- 
greta Sletchenhorst the "Widdow and Relict 
being therein Appointed Ids sole and only 
Executrix the Administration of all and Sin- 
gular the said Goods and Chattels, Rights and 
Crediths, And the said Will is liereby 
Committed unto the saiil Margareta Sletchen- 
horst well and truly Administer upon the 
same According to the said Will and t(t make 
A true and Perfect Account of her said 
Administration in the time by Law Re- 
quired, Given under my hand and Seale att 
ffort James in New Y^rke the 8th Day of June 
in the thiity Sixth yeare of his ma'-'-'* Reigne 
Anno 9 Doaiin 1684. 

Past the oltice 

J. SpRAGr;. Secrv. 


(.Covclwlfd from (h'. Jonunry So.) 

Brookehaven %' 2i'^ June lt)V»C» 
This day Was Borne my Sixtli 
Saturday Daughter Gloryatia Sojith on a Sat 
urday about Eieve:i a clocke in the 
forenoone and was cinistened by Mr. i.nni.<i 
her father was her godiailier an<i her mother 
and Sister Patey was her lindmoihei-s. 

Brookehaveri Deceaib'" 14'*^ IG'.'l 
This day Wav Boriie my Seav^nth 
Munday Daushter Theadocia Smith on a Mud- 
day at Eight a clocke at night 
departed this Life the '29"' of Deceml'er 
About Seaven a clocke in the mornini: heeiniie 
but 15 days ould and Was JtJuried the -SO'-'' of 
December in the Meeting house of Brooke- 

Manour of St. Georges near 
Brookehaven this 2u''' Decern' 169-> 
This day Was Borne my Sixth Sonne Chailei? 
Jellery on a Wendesday abi'ut Mine a clocke 
at ni::lit and Was Christened by Mr. Burtell 
a french Protestant Minister at the M.mor of 
St. Georges. 

Charlestown in New England Jan"^ G-'"^ 170| 
This day being ujonday I Henry Smith borne 
in the Royall Citty of Tanger in AlHica was 
Joyned in holy wedlock, to Anna Shepard of 
CharJestown in the C' i:nty ot Miudlr>ex. by 
the Reuer' M"" Cotton Matther. & Col'> : John 

^ Man-" of St. Georges Feb'-^ IS"* ITOj 

Lord day Then Almighty God was pleased 
3 a clocke (after sixteen »iays siekness of a 
afternoon Rheumatism icc) to take to himselfe 



<»Mr hon'' & Deare Father Col" : William Sniilb, 
who y* -1"' ot '^aid ins' \va>> inleied in the 
tueiiing. ^vherp he had frirected ; 6i ^l' Geo : 
rhiilipH preached his lurieial sermon. 

Man' S' fJeo« Thuisday Ten a Clock 
at niiiht Sep' 27'*^ ITOk This Eue- 
ninv was home oiu* fiist Dauiiliter Mary 
.Smith, who y* "IV of Ni-vemher 170G was 
baptised a\ Chailestown by y*^ Keuer' M' 
Simon Bradstreet. 

Charlestown Decejnber 20'^ 1706. Fryday 
tjjorninii Ten a Clocke This day was borne 
our second Dauoliier Anna Smith and Jan'- 
o"' eii'-eneinij was babti/.ed by y*^ aibres'' M' 

Manour of S' Georges. June 20"' 1707 
Then Sister Gloiyana Was Maryed to tlie 
Keiir'' M"" Georjre Miiii-'^on, who the 12''' of 
Octob' 170S departed this Life at l*ye and 
was Intered in his Parish Church. 

Mannourof S' Georjies Octob' 29'" 17(:8. 
I70,s. Fryday Morniiig one a do Then God 

Alniifiiity was crraciously jijeased to jiive 
us our first Sonne William Henry Smith, who 
was babtised Ap' 10"' 1713 p"" Reuer'^ M' 
(ieorge Phillips of Brookhauen. 

Man"" S' Geo-' Sep' 1^' 1700 Thursday mornini^j 
'.J an hour past eiwht Then Alnli^llty God was 
pleased to take to himselfe our hon' &. Deare 
Mother, after 14 days sickness, Viz: first y*" 
Choll'ck & then succeeded w'" a Malli^- 
nant feauer & sore Throat, on Satterday y* 3'^ 
of s' instant in the Eneninjr, she was intered 
on the riiiht side of her d' spouse, & M' 
Phillips Pleached her funerall sermon, she was 
borne July 2' 

Mannourof Scarsdale October 7'^ 1710 Thurs- 
day Then Go<l Almiohty after of days sickness 
a Feauer & bloody flux was plea-^ed to take 
to himselfe our Dear Sister Gloryana Muir- 
son, who y"^ Satterday ensuein^ was intered 
in Bro' Colonel Heathcotes burying place. 


Tuesday eveninir a clocke. 

Then God Almio;bty was pleased to sive us 
our second sonne Henrv who was bablized 
p' M' Geo: Phillips ap' io"> 1718./ 

Mannour S' Geo* December 5"> 1713. 
Satterday 8 a clocke morning.,, 
Then God Alraiorhty was ])leased to give ns 
ourihird Daughter" Gloryana Smith, who God 
in like manner was i)leased to take to him 
selfe Marcli 20'\ 8 in the morning having 
had the measells :J days & beinii , bablized 
p' s'' Phillii)s Just before she dyed, the next 
day eueninsi, was intered on the left side of 
her Giaud Father Col" William Smith, & w '> 
bereaiiemeiit ])rny God rnay be duly sancti- 
lie<l to her induloent Parents./ 

Man"- S' Geo^ May 1715 
May 18'h Brother Charles Jeflfrv Smith was 
sei/.ed with y*^ small Pox, the 23' at 10 a 

clocke in y* niyht he Dyed : & y*^ 24'*' ioy , 
afternoon, vvasinter^ at y* feet of our hon^ 
Father Col' William Smith 

Man' S' Georges February 2fi ' 171* 

Saturday 8 a clocke in >* moruintf 

Then God Almitjhty was pleased to give us 

our fonrih Dauizhter Gioryana Smith, &. wa^ 

bablized by M' George Phillips. 

Man' S' Geo: Jan'? y« 20 '' ITi; 
Then God Almishty was ()lea.'-ed to 
Muuday giue US our 6'*^ Dauiihter Martha 

Man' 3' George Septemb' 2'' 171'.' 
At 11 at night on a Tuesday, God Almighty 
was pleased to yiue u^ our Third .sou Charle.-* 
Jelhy Smith, who at , New York, on y 24"' 
0' " 1734 (after 21 days sickness of a Fever) 
between / vl 10 at ni^ht. God was {.leas' to 
take to himselfe; on y 20 was very ue cently 
(aty*chaige of his D' Aunt Mad"' Heath- 
cote) inter- in Trinity Church yard, being 
aged I't years. 

Mnnour S' George September 28'" 1721 
About 3 (piarters past o in the aftern< on yn a 
Thuisday, God / Almiirhty wa> pleaspd lo 
give us our fourth son Gilbert Sm;!h 

Man' S' George June 2o''' 1725 

At six a clock in the morning fl eing the 

Daughter Kaiheiine 

Lords dayj God Almighty was plea? 

give us our Sixth 

Man' S' George July 14'" 1732 
At 10 a clocke in y" morning, God Almighty 
was pleased to take to himselfe. our D' 
NeiceM'^ Eliz-' Heathcote. of a coiisum ption ; 
on y^ 16 in y* Eveninii she was Inter' on 'h** 
right side of her Hon' Grand Mother Ma<l-' 
Martha Smith. 

Man' S' George May 7'^' 173.' 
This day at nine of the clock at night God 
Almii.hty was pleased to take to him.selfe. 
my most Intirely beloved spou.>e Mrs 
Anna Smith. Born in Charlestown near Bos- 
ton. Jan'- 30''^ 1685 aged 50 years : Having 
had a Chachexied. Diarhea, Vomiting, & 
Coma. On Fryday the Rev^ M' Brown 
preached her funeral semion Irom Matthew 
24 : 44. & at 6 a clock was decently Inter'' by 
our Daushter Gloriana: & her Virtue hriviii«: 
Reali/.ed her a pious Christian : her Death 
was much Lamented. 

Man' S' George June 21"' 1742 
This day at 3 of the clock in the afrernoon, 
God Almijhty was pleased to take to him- 
selfe, my mo>t Intirely beloved second -pouse, 
M'' Frances Smith. Born 1702 at Gosjtar 
near ]*ori.-mouth in England. For several 
years, was aiHicted w"' niany Hystr-rick Disor- 
ders, finalh- suceeded with a scorbutic ; &<= On Sa'.ierday y" Rev' M' 
Brown jireach'' a Funeral Serruon from 
Numb: 23' ; 10. atone a clock she was de- 



ceiitly Inter'' by my former D"" sjiouse — was 
jiued ah"ut 4U years, iiiid was Kemarkable 
tor lier \'irtiu)us cV: Charitable Disjio-ition, by 
Universally discoiiMtinaiiciii2 Calluinny. &- 
Detraetinii, & Industryously j)romotirij: 
(yFiristiaii iinaiiiinity and Concord. 6i 

Ai Fairfield Octob' 6'" 1737 Col° Henry 
Smith, *1 M''« Frances Carifr, were married 
by the Rev' M' Henry Caner, Kect' of y« 
(Jliiirch ; & in a Conjuiial state, lived hu|t()ily 
Tour year.s, Eij^ht M.)nths. and 18 Days, 

Brookhaven November the sixth 1742. Then 
Col'' Henry Stnith and M""- Afarsaret Bi2i?>, 
were Legally Maried. by the Rev' M' Sam- 
uel Sniith, Residing at Southold. a> p'" his 
Certificate may appeare. 

Rrookliaven Octo])er I't'*' 17-13, at nine at 
ui^ht, God Almiahty was pleased to Give lis 
our Dauii^hier Frances ; wlio dji the >j'^ Day 
of January 174;^ was liabti/.^^d by the 

Rev'^ M"" Youngs. 

Man"" S' Geor^e January ^7 174^ 
My Brothei-Maj' William Smithdejiaried this 
Life, Ov: the "29"' was Inter' in our Burying 

March 12: 1748 God Almiizhty 
was pleas'" to take to hiniselt'e my D'' Daugh- 
ter Cailierine who on the 14"' \\a^ Interred 
in our Burying place. 

Man"- S' Geo: Ociober 1. 10 a 
clocke morning 1746 Then God Almighty 
was please<l to give our Daughter Margaret 
who on the 30"^ January 174-^ was Babtized 
p*" Rever'* Mr. James Lyon. 

Brookhaven May y' ;>' 1747. 12^" 
a Clock: Then God Almighty was pleas'^ to 
take to himselfe my D"" son Henry, Born Feb. 
IS"^** 17jj on the 5"' was Intei*^ near his 
Dear Mother, & the Rever'^ M"" Lyon preach'^ 
a Funeral Sermon. 

Brookhaven April the 15"' 1748 
nine a clock at ni^ht - Then God Almighty 
(after 28 days sickness of an Intermitting ' 
Fever) was pleased to take to himself, (mr j 
Dear Daughter Margaret who on y" 17'*^ I 
was Inter*^ on y'- Nortii side of my D'" spouse \ 
Frances / Leaving a space between their i 
Graves, for my own Interment. 

Brookhaven July 17"" 17-30 Two | 
a clock in y morning Then God Almighty 
was pleased to take to himselfe. my Dear 
Daughter Gloryana Brewster, (who for six 
months havin<i Exceedingly Lamented y'' 
Death of lier dauohter, was the next day 
Eveniuii Intered by her. — Mr. Lyons Preach- 
e<l a Funeral Sermon from Corinth^ 2' Chap"" 

August 1-V^ Jus^ Brewsiei-^ youngest Dauidi- 
ter Dy- & was Buryed in the Even ing by her 
Mother & Sister. 

February the 7'*' My Daughter Martha 
ir.iS was Maried to theReveieiK! M' Jame* 
Lyons p' liev' M' Colgan. 

Manor of S' Geor«e August 1'."^ 1764 2 a 
Clocke in the Morning, My Dear Sp<»u>^ 
M'- Margaret Smith departed this Life: and 
as tis hoped, Received into Kverlastini! 
Glory : Havinii for near Twelve Weeks pa- 
tiently ^utf■ered the Effects oi« a Violent 
Caiicerous disorder. cotnnjciiced in her 
Brest, and Dis[»ei.>ed into her thishs. Lej^ A 
feet: attended u''' "severall srea; Tunjoiio. cV 
sores, which njortirie<l ard becameiticu-able. 
In the Evening she wa> decently Inter - 
ed near our youniic-^i Daughter .NIaroarei 
and the Rev' M^ Taliua^e Preached a Funer- 
al Sermon from .Job 14. 1 4 .Memo" Religion 
oblii^e^ the Gratefull Remembranc"\ thai sev- 
eral Pious Persons and Frends. (during the 
arllciion aforemei.iioned i , Expre^^ed a Chris- 
tian concern &c Simpathy by freijuent seas- 
onable Visitations, s.V Divers Convolati(jns to 

Smith Town May tlie l-'." 17H3. 
Then Almighty God was plea^^ed to take lo 
him>elf. our Dear KIdest Daughter Mary 
Smith, Born Sept ber 27" 17n.5. having had a 
Languishing Consumtion vi been the Wife of 
Cap' Edmund Smith, & was Buried near by 
him v^ 17'*^ 

H. R. S. 


At a regular meetin":, held April 2':'.d. 1^7" 
the ("omniittee on Biosraphical Bibliography, 
appointed at last meeiins, reported a plan lor 
the work, and the following resolution wa> 
passed : 

" Resolved, that the plan pioposeil by the 
" committee of having a list of hiogmphicM 
" hooka and Indexes of pfrsona, for the use of 
" this Society, is in its general features ap- 
" proved. 

'• And that a Standing Committee of three 
" be appointed for this year, by the Chair, to 
•' arrange and suj>erintend the execution of 
" the plan." 

Messrs. C. B. Moore. Dr. Ellsworth Elior 
and M, H. Stafford, were aj)pointed such com- 

Regular, May 14th. large and valuable do- 
nations of books received. Rev. E. P. Slafter. 
of Boston, was i>re<ent and made an intereslins 
address, on the subject of the N. E. Gen. So- 
ciety, their early struiigles, and their present 
success in obtaining a building of their own. 

Regular meeting, of May 2Sth. 187i», Mr. 
Charle.s A. Cole, of London, read a jmper on 
the " Public Record-) of Englanci, coraaineti 
in the Record House in Lomion. D. P. Hoi- 



tofi. M. D., read a paper on " Petli^radation ; 
or, Notation of Pedigrees.' 

A committee was appointed to open a cor- 
respondence with (he U. S. Minister to Eng- 
land, to obtain for the library of the Society^ 
the ofhcial publications ot tlie Public Record.s 
of England. 

Meeting, June 11th, 1870, valuable dona- 
tions of books received. Mr. C. B. Mooie 
read an interesting paper on the " Early 
Settlement of Sutfolk County, Long Island." 


^rated with his fauiily to this country in l.S,iS ; 
-\>v-l) KECOKDS OF 111.^ FATHEU'.S AND 
LAXI> ; with the peiiigri-o extondijitr back from 
son to father, for twenty generations, with their 
coat of aniij: and copies of •wills. Bv Iua B. Pec k. 
Printed by Alfred Mudge \: Son, Boston, 186>j. 

This is a handsome royal 8vo volume of 442 
pages. It is embellished with a large num- 
ber of steel plates, the coat of arms beauti- 
fully engraved in colors, and a chart of the 
pedigrees of both the English and American 

The volume evinces profound research and 
is written in a careful and conscieritiou.s 
manner. The author appears to be a {)erfect 
master of his work, and his style is clear and 
lucid. He traces tlie pedigree of Joseph 
Peck, the original settler in this country, back 
for 20 generations, and continues the Ameri- 
can family for 8 additional ones. There are 
over 11,000 names in this volume and yet the 
male line only is traced. The indexes are re- 
markably full and complete. 

J. S. G. 

AMERICA. By Jajies Pikeck Root. X'ew 
York : R. C. Root, Aaithony & Co., 1870. 

This, the latest published Genealogy, is 
issued in small quarto size, oSo pages, and is 
printed on fine white paper at the press of our 
friend Munseli of Albany. It is a handsome 
volume with wide margin around the entire 
page. It treats, in extenso, of the descen- 
dants of Thomas, Jo.siah John and Ralph 
Rootes, who came to this C(nintry from 1634 
-37, and first settled at Salem, Mass.. and 
Hartford, Conn. It traces mainly the 
male line, though mention is made of the 

first generation of many descendants of other 
names, and contains mention of over 4.<»<>(i<,i 
the name of Root, and some 1,j1.»<j descen- 
dants of other names. 

The author traces the name to a French 
oiigin, and concludes it to have been origin- 
ally written Rootes in Normandy. The fam- 
ily being Huguenots Hed to England aiid set- 
tled in Essex Co., and from thence came to 

The vohuiie is not illusiraied by plat^.s of 
any kind, save a small cut of the coat of 
arms. It is very rich in genealogical chart* 
or tables which are intersjiersed throu2houi 
the book. The families ref^reseiited are ar- 
ranged by generations ihe fu-t to the 
ninth inclusive, and the indexes aie very full. 

It is a valuable addition to genealogical 

J. S. G. 

ScoTT, of CleVr-land, Ohio. Pamphlet, pp. 16. 
Boston : Da\id Clapp A: Son, ISGy. 

An interesting pamphlet tracing the an- 
tiijuity of the name treated ol to a very 
remote period, and showing much thought 
and study devoted t:o the subject. It i> illus- 
trated with an engraving of '' Scott ot Glem.s- 
ford, Surtblk, England. "' H. R. S. 

•' Information wanted with leference to the 
Early Settlement of Losantivilie. {now Cincin- 
nati,)' is the title of a 12 page tract, ibs\ied 
by Robert Clarke, the well known publisher 
of that city ; being in fact a proposal to pub- 
lish the original Recoi-d of the DL^mbution and 
Sale of Lots, during the years 178'J and '90.. 
and containing the names of 2l:4 persons 
named on said Records, concerning whom 
Mr. Clarke desires to gather all g^nealnqicn! 
and biographical information which can be 

The list is one which will interest mariv 
persons in various parts of the country , and 
to such Mr. Clarke will undoubtedly be glad 
to furnish copies of his little pauiphlet oi in- 
quiry, with a view to the addiiioijal co-opera- 
tion which it may excite among thrse \\l.«> 
peruse it. H. R. S. 

Duyckinck. 'We have Intely rt^crived a 
very handsomely printed pamphlet ..f-ISocia- 
vo pages containing A Sirn.on in bthalj oj 
the Mission Work of St. Mark's Chovtl, by the 
Rev. Jlenrg Lugckinck, late Minister m charge 




u-ith Jntroduviortj tUnuirhs by the Rtv. Henry 
C. Potter. I) I) , delivered at St. Marl's Chwch 
m the Bowerie. And a Yuneral Sermon by thi 
Rev. Edirard II. h'ratis. preached at St. Jfarh^s 
Chapel. Fth. '11 (h. \'(^1^) uUh other Mtinonal 

The Rev. Henry Duyckinck was the .-son of 
our esteemed fellow citizen, Mr. Evert A, 
Duyckinck, and wa> horn in the City of New 
York, Nov. 6th, 1843 ; educated at Columbia 
College, and graduated at the General Theo- 
logical Seminary of the P. E. Church, in IhGT. 
when he was duly ordained, and in L^08 ad- 
mitted 10 the priesthocd. His ministeiial 
career, in connection witli the churc!)e^ of 
St. Thomas, Church ot the Holy Martyrs, 
Grace Cha[)el, and lastly. St. Mark's Misvji.n 
Chapel, was terminated by deaUi on the Kitli 
of February, 1870. Hi.s character ^\as mark- 
ed by unusual culture, and his life gave 
rich promise of usefulness, especially among 
the poor, a Held of labor whicii no personal 
preferences could lead him to relincjuish. and 
in which he died " with his armor on." By 
ancient and honorable descent, by birth, ed- 
ucation, life and residence, he was identified 
with the City of New York, and we are glad 
to see such an appropriate and graceful rec- 
ognition of his too brief life. 

We notice with pleasure, also in this pam- 
phlet the return to tlie ' old-time" spelling of 
the word '• Bowerie." H. R. S. 

^\'h-^n and whtrr di 1 thf vii^firtt tak<? thi- v.ur.'-nt 
hiT hu-baiid ? Pak». 

»*, " One who hus the old papers" U rc-:w- tfiUlv 
iiilirm.-l that th*.- M^rriayp Licensee, a- ;.ul:;i>h«4 in 
th.- Ii"y>rd, are fzacl topjes of the orivnual t-utru » in 
the book of record-, and do not a'^gum*' t.i -^wr the 
ortho^T-aphy of the names as they */</><<'/ I..-, but 
^imply a« they are, written. We haven't tb.- >Ii j-Lt- 
est doul-.t that you are corrtct in mwl-.' thr 
name of Ellis Thro^norton on page 13 ^houl J V 
Elsie or Alice. J. S. O. 

^% *• Keituu?" roturius his thanki to " B. K. B.." 
"I^'urrel," and*' J. M. B.," for an:w.-rsto Li-iju-ry in 
Xo. 1 of the Ktcord, relative to the Hu^uen'it Church. 

,% A.vsWKit TO ".Sti.vf.steb" p. U or Uf'-urd. - 
A.irairal Sir Geo. Clinton, of the Earl of Liuc.Ib 
family, born IC87, v.-as a Captain intheBnti-h Army 
lu 171';, wa.^, Governor of X. Y. 1741 to 175J, iiiid ditxl 
iu 17dl aired 74. Before 172H ho mameJ Aunp.duu^rh. 
t. r uf Gen. Peter Carle. The eldest dau-hter, wife of 
Caj.t. Roddam, died at X. Y. in 1N.5U, a,'e I J2. I he 
date and idace of hia son Henry's birth bu.< Ufo 
several times inquiro<i for in print, ptrha;'* by p«.r- 
sou< who knew. They did not seem very e irix.'^t. An 
in'iiiirj- by letter would doubtless be an.-wer<.-d. .Sir 
Henry was commLssiotied "Capt. Lieut.*" of a X. Y. 
iTilitary Co. while his Either was Governor here. On 
l<t X'ov., 1751, he was appointed in En:rland Lieut, of 
the Cuiditream Guards ; taking' an early .^tart for the 
rank w hich he afterwards attained. He wa-. married 
in 17^J7. M. 


(Answers to enquiries under this head should be 
addre.s-sed to the •' Pvblication Committee," 64 
Madidon .\ venue.) 

^% Can any reader of the Record furnish any facts 
concernin;^ the ancestry an.i irenealoiirical record of 
either of the follomng named persons : —Abraham 
Wing, the first settler of town of Queensbury, X'. Y. 
He removed from Oblong, Dutchess Co., X'. Y., 
about 1762, and died in Queensbury, 1800. It is con- 
jectured that he or his flither ctune from Sandwich 
and Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Mass. — P^^<;r Bail>'>j 
Tearse, a Captain and Adjutant in Col. Marinus Wil- 
let's Reg. during Revolution. After was .settled at 
Fort Edward, X'. Y., and married Polly Hunter, the 
g^nd-daughtor of widow McX'eil, whoso name is men- 
tioned in history with the Jane ifcCrea affair. He 
removed first to Queensbury, then to BalLston where 
he died l^W^.—John Vemnr a merchant at the head of 
Lake George <then Queen-,r)ury) at close of last cen- 
tury, and delegate to Consiuutional Convention of 
1801. — Micajah Pettit, a re.-ident of Queensbury at 
commencement of present century,engaged in lumber 
business. A General of X. Y. Militia in war 1812.. 


Local Histories in Preparation. 

History of AYallingfoni, Conn., hum lG7l>— 1S7U, is 
in preparation by C. H. .S. Davis, M. D., of Meriden, 
Ct. The work is to contain full genealogies of the 
families of Wallingford, Cheshire and Meriden, Ct. 
There are the n:imos of 37 families mentioned m the 
prospectus. It is exijeeled to be a work ot" 8()0 passes, 

Fatrharen, xV. }f. A histor\' of this town u just 
ready for publication. 

pAMn^T Reunion*. The descendants of lioger 
Clapp, and all others be irinir the name or deSJ-euded 
from the family, will have a grind reunion at Xjrth- 
ampton on the 24th of Ausrust next. A festival will 
take place on the .Asrricultural Fair Grounds. Rev. 
A. Huntington Clapp. of X'ew York, will deliver the 
addresi". The occasion promises to be om- of great 

.^*^ ilr. .Stephen Curry, of Grahams\-irie, -SnilivAa 
County, X'. Y., celebrated his one hundredth birth- 
day on the 1.5th of June. His eiu'ht >=ons :irv al' 
livin,', among whom are Daai(d Curry, D. D., Alitor 
of the Methodist EpLsc.>ialorg:in. Thf Adfocit" : H<jU. 
John Curry, of the Supreme Court of Califcmi.i; 
Georije, e.x-soveruor of Kans;is ; and ILm. J.;t,— i, ot 

NoTK. —The Publicatioij '^i-dimiitetr l.avinO 
been disapp«Mnted in ihe receipi t>f an a;^!' 
which tiiey expected, are re '.aot 
ar)tly conipelled to forego the plea.* •-.•■* '< 
maki.-is this a double number as luey ij.i 
piopv-sed. \ 

I Vol.. 1. 

Ko. 4. 


Genealogical and Biographical 


Devoted to the Interests of American 

Genealogy and Biography. 


October, 1870, 


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Biographical and Historical matter, relating for the most part, though not exclusively, to the State of 
New Y'ork. 

A Library has been commenced, already containing many works of great value to the genealog:ical 
student ; which, by donation, exchange and, is rapidly increasing. 

The stated meetings of the Society are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, at half- 
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which shall prove of incalculable service to future students of American Genealogy and History. 

Copies of ancient inscriptions and epitaphs, full and exivct copies of inscriptions from the cemeteries, 
monuments, tombs, tablets, etc., to be found in every city, town, villaje and hamlet of the State ; extracts 
from town, church and parish records ; transoripts of public records of birth-:, marriages and deaths, and of 
private family recoi<is ; personal reminiscences and narratives, fciken from the lips of old pcr-sons yet living 
among us ; autobiotrniphies ; lists of soldiers and sailors, histories of regiments, military organizations, etc., 
in the Revolutionary War, the Second War, and the late Civil War. 

Biographical memoirs, sketches and notices of persons who came to North America, especially to the 
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down to the present time, with their branches and connections. 

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(JpHFalogiral anil ISiograp^iral |B.Frorii. 

Vol. I. 


No. 4. 



Eightcea Quartcrings, 
5, 5, 4, 4. 

1. Or thxL'C crescents 
gules, for Wondhull. 

2. Argent on a cross 
azure, five escallops or, 
for Forxnte. 

3. Quarterly argent 
and gules, five crosses, 
pattee counterchanged, 
for Chdwnde. 

4. Or fretty :=able, a 
ber crniine ; on a chief 
gules, three leopards' 
faces gold, for Sounds.. 

5. Or a fess between 
three lozenges gules, for 
Hnccliff€ ov ITnkelay. 

6. Argent a lyon ram- 
pant gules, for DeLyon. 

I. Argent a cross gules 
surmounted of a bend 
azure, for JStwenham. 

8. Argent two bars 
azure within a bordure 
engrailed sable, for Parr. 

9. Or three water bou- 
gets sable, for Ros. 

10 Argent a saltitT 
gules fretty or, for Clnp- 

II. Or a fret gules, for Verdon. 

12. Azure three chevrons interlaced and a chief or, 
for Fitz Hugh. 

13. Bany of twelve or and azure an eagle displayed 
gules, for Gemfgdn. 

14. Gules a bend between six crosses croj^slet or, for 
Fdurneys ov Fiirneaulx. 

granting, confirming and marshalling of Arm^. 
The first are perhaps oi less value in this coun- 
try; but the last two, which are closely con- 
nected, are of great im{)ortance. A know- 
ledge of Armoury (as Mr. Lower styles that 

15. Barry of six argent and azure on a bend gules } ^^^ ^f ^^^ herald's functions which relates to 
three martlets or, for C/v 7. ' . v . - , - . 

16. Vair a fess gules, for Marmion. i ^'"^^^ '^ «^^«° ^ ^^'^ S^eat help m tracing a 

17. Or three chevrons gules a chief vair, for St. 
Quint in. 

18. Gules a lyo^* rampant or between three cres- 
cents argent, for Sahishury. 

The shield is borne upon a mantle, (not mantling,) 
gules, lined with ermine. 

The crest is out of a ducal coronet or a pair of 
wings endorsed gules. 

There is no motto ; but that used fay some branches 
of the family is " Sfqunr ner Inferior.'' 

The science of Heraldry includes among 
other things, the laws of precedence and cere- 
monies, the recording of descents and the 

descent. A well authenticated pedigree is iii 
this country the only possible evidence oi a 
right to a coat of arms; since, as there are no 
new grants, arms can no longer be borne by 
any who have noi inherited them from their 
ancestors. There is no possible mode of ac- 
quiring a new coat of arms. It is true inde-^d 
that there have been, and perhaps alill are 
persons calling themselves herald-i»ainters. 
who profess not indeed to grant, but to find 
arras for those who send them, as ihey ex- 
press it, " their name and county;'' but the 



falseness of these pretensions has often been 
exposed. It is probably needlos to do more 
than to su'j^est that there is no necessary 
connection between name, county, and coat 
of arms ; tliat persons of the same name are 
not necessarily derived from the same stock ; 
that it may very well ha]jpen tliat a siniile 
name may be connected with many coats of 
arms, or that the same c(jat may be borne by 
many names ; in a word, the only mode in 
this country, of proving a title to a coat of 
arms is by showing a descent from persons 
who have borne it. The first step of course 
is to show the pedigree. If there be no pat- 
ent, the evidence of a right to bear arm.s is 
usually found in the fact that one's ancestors 
have borne thern for successive fjenerations, 
which may be shown from seals, plate, tomb- 
stones and the like. A patent is an instru- 
ment from the Herald's College, eiiher grant- 
ing arms to any one, or confirming those which 
he already bears. Patents are probably not 
numerous in this country, and where they 
exist, they are usually older than the settle- 
ment of the country, or at any rate than the 
Revolution. A patent is of course unimpeach- 
able evidence of the right of the x>erson to 
whom it is granted and his descendants to 
bear arms. 

If, however, there be neither patent nor tra- 
dition, and yet any peri^on may be desirous 
of a.scertaining, in good faith, whether he be 
entitled to bear arms, his first step should be 
to set forth his pedigree with the proofs, as 
far back as his ancestor who emigrated, for 
instance from England. If, as many families 
can do, he can show his connection with the 
mother country, the further steps may be 
comparatively easy ; if not they will be more 
difficult. In either case, the proper course 
would be to put his proofs in the hands of a 
skilful person in England, of whom there are 
many, who will examine and work them up, 
and, if it be possible, complete the pedigree, 
and ascertain what arras, if any, he is entitled 
to bear. This, it is true, may be both trouble- 
some and costly: but it is certainly more sat- 
Jsiactory, not to say more honest, than assum- 
ing other people's arms ; an act which is, to 
say ♦he least, highly reprehensible. 

A very important part of Heraldry in this 
country is included under the head of mar- 
akallifig. This, in its strict meaning, is the ar- 
ranging of several coats in one sliield accord- 
ing to certain laws, for the purpose of show- 

ing the desceiit of the i>ersou wjio i>^ai> them: 
but it involve^ abo the exphiijini; aij«l e'uci- 
datiog such shields or atr/ii'tetiteH($, «rh^ 
they are formed. This is one way in whuk 
the intimate connection of Armoury ;ind G«>o- 
ealogy is shown. Ao atchievemeni may be » 
guide to a forgotten pedigree. A pe>i ^rtt 
may explain the myHteries of aii alchievemeni, 
or may give the meanu of c«.nstruct;ng one. 
An atchievement contain.s always in the fir.^ 
quarter the paternal arm»; in the succeeding 
ones the arms of females who have intermar- 
ried into the family. Tlie rules forconsstnici- 
ing it are dilierent in England and on the cor- 
tinent In France and Germany for instance 
what is called a genealogical atchievement > 
usually strictly so, and includes the amis «'i aU 
direct ance.^tors. In three generations the>f 
amount to sixteen ; and a senlleman is pre- 
sumed to be able to give at leasi this nuniber oi 
quarterings. In England, only the arms of 
heiresses are admitted; and the quarienrig* 
may therefore be one or more. The number i4 
variable and indefiiiite anddepeiid>alt02eihef 
upon the number of heiresses who have mar- 
ried into the family. It is unnecessary ;o e!:ter 
into the rules of marshalling. They will be 
sutliciently exi)Iained by the il!u^tratio^ ihai 
is to follow. It will be enough to say thai 
when there is a single quartering it is put in 
the second and third quarter, the paternal coai 
being in the first and fourth: when there is 
an uneven number of quarterings they are 
placed one after another in a settled order; 
and when there is an even number, the pater- 
nal coat is repeated in the la.^t quarter. When 
the Royal Arms occur they are usually placed 
in the .second quarter as the most honourable 

It is now proposed, by way of illustraiinj 
the connection between Armoury and Gene- 
alogy, i. e. between the symbolical and hi>- 
torical parts of Heraldry, to give an account 
of a remarkable heraldic painting in the p«js- 
ses->iou of Richard Woodhull, E>q.. of Setau- 
ket, Brookhaven. Suffolk Co.. New V.'-k. 
This, which is an atchievement of eiiiiiteen 
([uarterings. was sent out from Er.2lan«i in 
or about the year 1687 to Richard Wcdtn!!! 
who had come from Theiifv^rd in Norlhar..;>- 
ton, and had settled in Brookhaven a ♦•' "^ 
years jjreviously. It is mentioned in ai. au- 
tograph letter from John Lord Crew, wnfen 
in 1C87, which is now in the possession of Mr. 
V,'oodhull. Mv attention was first directed to 



the paintin» as \ouz ago as 1850, althouah 
from various circumstances, I did not bejjin 
to investigate its teachini£s until 1«63. When 
I first saw it, most of the arms were jierfect, 
and could be ])laz(tned with ease. Certain 
colours, however, which wereatierwards tound 
to be the blacks and blues, had wholly laded 
out, and nothiiifj was left of the arms of Rus, 
except the outlines of the water-bougets. In 
1863 it was obvious that, unless measures 
were taken at once for the restoration and 
preservation of tliis valuable relic of antiquity, 
it would inevitably perisli ; and at the reciuest 
of Mr. Woodhull, Mr. Robert Bolion and my- 
self determined to take the matter in hand. 
It was sufficiently discouraalnji, for we had 
at that time literally no guide except this fa- 
ded and defective picture. Sume of the arms, 
as for instance, those of Ros, Marmion, and 
Fitz hugh were easily identified : but, in order 
to retouch and repair the painting, it was 
necessary first of all to reconstruct the pedi- 
grees. The late Dr. Condict of Jersey City 
kindly favored us with a copy of the pedigree 
of the Woodhulls from the visitation of 161S, 
and with an engraving which was supposed 
to have been taken at some unknown period 
from the atchievement. The pedigree gave 
us the clue that we wanted ; but the engrav- 
ing was the work of an unskilltul artist and 
was so defective and inaccurate that it gave 
us no aid at all. Nevertheless, by careful and 
deliberate application, we succeeded at last in 
constructing the pedigrees, in recovering all 
the marriages except one, or perhaps two, and 
in identifying the arms with such perfect ac- 
curacy as to warrant us in giving our consent 
to the retouching of the painting. It is un- 
necessary to enter into the details of the work 
that was done. It will be enough to say that 
the subject occupied our profound attention 
for at least two years : that we went over 
every point again and again : and that we 
would not permit the painting to be touched 
until we were perfectly sure of our ground in 
all respects. In 1865 the painting, which is 
on a panel, was cradled and cleaned, and Mr. 
Bolton proceeded with his own hands, to re- 
store the colors which had faded out, (*) to re- 

touch whatever places had been iujuied.aod 
to put the painting in such i>erfect onlt-r that 
with proper care, it will last for an indefinite 
length of time. 

The pedigrees which follow ft )are however. 

no measure of the work that was actually 

done. Only so much of them i;* given as is 

I necessary to elucidate the atchievenjent and 

! shew how It was constructed. They are how- 

ever, accurate, and with the exception already 

I mentioned, they are complete. The bla/.on 

I is absolutely correct. Xo pains have b'ren 

j spared, by comparison of authorities to make 

it so. 
I Some very curious things appear in those 
I parts of the pedigrees which, for the sake of 
i brevity, are here omitted. Most of the heir- 
! esses are representatives of baronial houses. 
j many of them co-heiresses, whose sisters have 
j carried the same quarterings into the noblest 
I families of England. Lady Alice Neville was 
j descended on the side of both father and 
mother from King Edward I. An ancestor 
, of Robert de Ros of Werke. married Isabel 
' daughter of William the Lion King of Scot- 
' land, and Margaret, Lady de Ros. was des- 
: cended from the great Earl of Warren. 
j whose wife, Gundred, was the youngest 
j daughter of William the Conqueror. 
i It may perhaps be satisfactory to those 
j readers of the Record, if such there be, who 
are not familiar with the details of these mat- 
ters to comment brielly upon the pedigrees 
and the atchievement, and it may be due to 
those who are, to explain one or two points 
which are perhaps, not perfectly clear. 

Nicholas, styled Baron Wodhull or De 
WahuU, whose paternal arms occupy the 
first place, married Marsaret, daughter of 
John Foxcote. As she was an heiress, her 
arms descend to her posterity, and are placed 
in the second quarter. Their son, Tliomas. 
married Elizabeth Chetwode. heiress of Wark- 
worth. She was entitled, by the marriages 
of her ancestors to quarter the arms of Sounde. 
Hocclitle (Ilocclyve or Hokllay) and De Lyon, 
all which she brought into the Woodhull 
familv, in that order, the oldest first. There 

(*) The dofoctive coatrf were thcst; : "2. Ar^t-nt on a 
cross tivc eacallops or. 4. or fretry a b:ir emune, on a 
chief gules three ItopanLi' faces sold. 7. Arjreut a cross 
gules surmounted of a bend. 3 Argent two bars within 
abordure engraile<i. 9. Three water bouirets. 12. Throe 
Chevrons interlaced and a chief or. l.i. Barry of twelve 

I or and an eagle displayed gules. 15. Barrj- of .••ix .ir- 

I gent and on a bend irules three ni.irtK ts or. There 

i was of course no diiLtulty with the cwats which '.on- 

j tained vair. although the blue hud di^^ipr-^Jred. 

V) This interesting talde a^ sivea ly Mr. Botts, Ls 

j postpontHi in hope of hereafter displaying it to b<rtcr 

! advantage th.-in is practicable at the present time. 



seems to be no record of the Imiress of Sounde, 
who evidently intermarried with John.. Rob- 
ert, Ralph or John de Chetwode. Sounde 
was a very ancient family in Che^ter, one of 
whose heirei^ses intermarried with David Crew 
of Pulcrolt, one of whose heiresses nmrried 
Chetwode of Oakley, a younger branch of the 
same family. There was some ditiiculty also 
in identifying and blazoning the arms. In 
Baker's Northampton, the following is given 
among the quarterings of Chetwode, Or fret- 
ty sable a bar ermine in chief, three leopards' 
faces. In a i)ennon which existed in old St. 
Dunstan".s-in-the-\Vest, London, the following 
occurs, Sable fretty argent a bar ermine on a 
chief gules three leopards' faces gold, among 
the quarterings of " Mr. Chitwood " who was 
buried there January 12, 15IS. These are 
said in the Collect. Topog. et Geneal. vol. VI, 
p. 101 to be the arms of Sounde. In the 
engraving already mentioned, azure fretty 
argent is given. The first of is clearly 
imperfect, yet, as appears from the painting, 
the field of which is or, it is also clearly right 
as far as it goes. The second and third are 
doubtful, if not absolutely bad heraldry, and 
must be rejected as manifestly wrong. 

Returning to the male line of the Woodhulls, 
we find that the next two marriages were 
with ladies who were not heiresses, and, cou-» 
sequently their arms were not admitted into 
the atchievement. Next, Fulk ^^'oodhull 
married Anna, daughter and co-heiress of 
William Neweubam, of Thenford, whose arms 
occupy the seventh quarter. Their son, Nich- 
olas, married Elizabeth, daughter and co- 
heiress of Sir William Parr, of Horton. Her 
arms therefore follow. She, however, was 
entitled in right of her father, to quarter the 
arms of Ros, Clophull and Verdon, which 
occupy the ninth, tenth and eleventh quarters, 
and she inherited also from her grandmother 
Elizabeth, one of the co-heiresses of Henry 
Lord Fitzhugh, the arms of Fitzhugh, Ger- 
negan, Fourneys, Grey, Marmion and St. 
Quintin. I am compelled, however, to admit 
that I am a little at a loss to perceive why, if 
the arms of Gernegan really represent the 
marriage of Robert de Marmion with the 
heiress of that ancient line, they should occu- 
py the place which they do. They would 
come in, more proi)erly, immediately after 
Marmion. It is within the limits of po.ssibility 
that an early Fitzhugh may have married 
another heiress of Gernegan, though no record 

of such a marriage has been found. Fiually. 
Sir William, the father of Elizab^fth Parr, 
married .\Iary, the heiress who brouahl him 
Horton, whose arms are placed in the eight- 
eenth quart jr. 

David Pieterse Schuyler of Albany. 
David and Philip Pieterse Scliuyl«»r v. ere 
the progenitors of those who bear this name 
in Albany and vicinity. They came from 
Amsterdam ; the former married Caialyn 
Verplanckof New Amsterdam. LJ Oct.. 1607 ' 
aiid soon after .settled in Albany. On the 
•2'.'th Nov., 1692, his widow lived near the 
north-east corner of the city walls, by the 
water side, on the south corner of Broadway 
and Steuben iitreet, and in lt>9'', she petition- 
ed for an addition of 14 feet to the north side 
of her lot, which was refu>ed. • it 
will reach too near ye Citty Stockadoes.' 
This lot was occupied in 17<j9, by Jacobu< 
and Abraham, her sons. ^'> 

The sons of David Pieterse Schuyler and 
Catalyn Verplanck, who lived to maturity, 
and had families in Albany, were, Pieter, 
Jacobl's, Abraham, David, and My.ndert. ^■^'* 
Pieter Davidtse Schuyler was a trader, 
and lived in Claverak in 1694 : in IBS-j 
he was commissioned judge of the Court 
of Oyer and Terminer for Albany Coun- 
ty: and in May, 1690, he was lately de- 
ceased (^^ He married Alida Van Slich- 
tenhorst, widow of Gerrit Goosen.>e Van 
Schaick, eldest son of Goosen Gerrit^e 
V. S. She was a widow in Albany, 20 
Dec, 1747. (^> Their children were bap- 
tised in the Albany Church, in the fol- 
lowing order: 

GERr.IT(«> (1) 

J0HANSE3, 3 Dec., 1684. 

Cataliha,^') 10 Oct., 16b6. 

(1.) Valentint's Manual, 1S61. 

(2.) Anruils of Albany, I, 106 : II, 121 : IV, 103 : V. 

(3.) The early Baptis-inn.1 R^eiiter of the church in 
Albany having been lost, the dat«rs of the l):ii'ti>Tii.s ..f 
these and the other children, if any, can n-.t be »fiven. 

(4.) Alb. Co. D^eds, IV, 60: Eng. Uss., XXXIII. 
120 : Anruils of Albany, II. 13. 

(.5.^ Albany County Deeds, IV. Albani/ Anruils, 
I, 244. 

(6.) Gerrit settled in Xew York, ^* htre he wisa.L'iut- 
ted freeman in 1702. raltitinf's History of .%>» 
York, 375. 

(7.) Catalyntje 3. died 6 Oct.. 17^8. Albany Chur h 



David, 26 Dec, 1688. 

Alida, 21 Jan., 16'Ja. 

Philip, 28 Oct., 1694. 

PiETER, 9 Au?., 1696. 

Jacobus Davidtse Schuyler, lived ^n 
the lot now on the south corner oi 
Broadway and Steuben Street. Albany. 
He died the 22d of March, 170^. c*) His 
first wife was Catalyntje Wendel ; on 
the 3d June, 1704, he married Susanna 
Wende] and had one child. 
Catalyntje, baptised 21 April, 1706. 
Abraham Davidtse Schdvler resided 
in Albany in 1709, upon the lot which 
his father had occupied, on the ."^outh 
corner of Broadway and Steuben Street. 
In 1684 he was master of the sloop 
Hoi)ewell, plyinsf between New York 
and Albany. In his will made 15 Dec , 
1709, he speaks of the 5 following chil- 
dren, of his wife, and of his brothers-in- 
law, Wessel and Samuel Ten Broeck. ^'*^ 
He married Geertruy Ten Broeck, Nov. 
11, 1691, and had the following children. 
baptised in the Albany Church : 

David, 30 Nov., 1692. 

^'hristine, 21 July, 1695. 

DfRK, 28 July, 1700. 

Abraham, 27 Aug., 1704. 

Jacobus, 23 March, 1707. 
David Davidtse Schuyler was mayor of 
Albany, 1706-7. He married first Elsje 
Rutgers, Jan. 1, 1694, in Albany ; and 
second Elizabeth Marschalk, in New 
York, on the 3d of May, 1719. C^) His 
children, baptised in Albany, were : 

CATRI5A, 25 Nov., 1694. 

David, U April, 1697. 

Harmanus, 21 July, 1700. 

Gatharina, 19 Dec, 1703. 

Meindert,(^^' 7 Oct., 1711. 

Anthony, 30 Oct., 1715. 
Elizabeth, baptised in New York. 6 Mar., 1720 
Captain Myndert Davidtse Schuyler 
was a merchant; he was mayor of Al- 
bany, 1719-21 and 1723-5. In 1703 he 
occupied a lot on the south side of State 

Street, formerly Gerrit Bancker's, the 
third EaNt from South Pearl, i'-' Ho was 
buried in the Churchy 21si Oct.. 1755.''*' 
He married Rachel Cuyler. in New 
Vcrk, on the 26th Oct., 1693: she wa* 
buried in the Church on 24 July, 1747.*'*' 
They had one daughter, baptised iu 

Anna,('^> 28 Feb.. K/' 7. 
Rachel is mentioned in hor fathers will. 
^'''> J. P. 

Union <"olleoe, 

Julv 2, lb70. 

(8.) Afbamj Annals, V, 140, 143: Albany Church 

(9.) Annals of Albany, V, 198 : Valentine's Manual, 
1867, 787-8. 

(10.) Valentine's Manual, 1862. 

(11.) MynJert S. was admitttd frooman of New- 
York, 1734, and UKiriied tlLzabeth Wesscb, 21 June, 
1735. Vahnlint's Hist. JS'. 1'., 375 : Manual, lbC2, 626. 



Without presenting arguments in favor of 
a systematic nomenclature in general, or of 
systems severally adapied to iheir respective 
departments of science; in short wiihoui de- 
laying to prove the expediency of a system- 
atic nomenclature specially apjjlicable to 
genealogical records and iLquiries attention 
is invited, on the present occi>ioD to a system 
of notation of pedigrees adapted to Ai/trr:can 

It might at first .seem thU in ther>e days of 
continental unions by steam transit, oceanic 
telegraphs and the printing [)ress, geneal- 
ogical inquiries on each sid*» of the Atlantic 
should be conducted under a common system 
of notation ; yet for reasons which will be 
apparent in the sequel, I b*»g the privilege to 
present an American system. 

proposed plan of NOTATKtN. 

In researches and arrangements for a book 
of genealogical and biograj^hical records we 
divide the family into two sections: the First 
includes the ancestors who remained on the 
eastern continent; and the Serofxl incluies 
their descendants, of whom some or all canje 
to this we.>te:n coniinei.t. or were born sab- 
se(iuently to the first settlemeiit of iheir 
family in \merica. 

The members of ihe first .section are indica- 
ted by letters of the alphabet, placed ai>ove 

(12.) Albany Annah, IV. 173-4, 1 = «. 
(13.) Albany ^Annals, I, 247. 

(14.) Albany Annals, I, 243. Va erUin's Mmn'il, 
(15.) She married Johannes DePeysti-r. 
(16.) Dr. E. B. O'Calla^han. 


aid to the riglit of the name, commencing 
with the immediate ancestor of the children 
who sett'ed in America; thence by succes- 
sivelj' descendincr letters of the alphabet in- 
dicatinL; the ancestors seriateh' back to the 
ea^-liest known. 

The members of the second section are in- 
dicated by numerals, placed in like manner 
above and to the riglit of the name, commenc- 
ing with the immediate descendants of the 
father*, above lepresented or indexed ; thence 
by niim'^rals progiessively increasing to show 
the successive generations down to the latest 


As tlieories and systems are best shown in 
practice, I use the following items and raise 
the following queries occurring in the order of 
present investigations. 

The following pedigradation of a branch 
of the Winslow Family may serve to illustrate 
the system here proposed for American gen- 

Gov. Edward Winslow', his brother Kenelni' 
and other brothers' among the early settlers 
of New England were the sons of Edward* 
of Droitwich, Eng., who was the son or 
Kenelm^, who in 1559 purchased an estate 
called Newports Place, in Kempsey, Eng. 

From this Kenelm Winslow'* of Kempsey, 
with some uncertainty by reason of discrep- 
ancies in the records, we trace back four 
gene.-atioas indexed C, D, E, F, to the year 
1387; i e. anterior to the American section 
we trace six generations ; A, B, C, D, E and F, 
to 1387. 

By this notation we facilitate directness of 
inquiries, correspondence and publicaticm re- 
specting our traiis-atlantic ancestors. 

In pedigrading the second or American sec- 
tion of the Winslow Fatuily, in^eference to 
the early ancestral name Kenelm Winsloiu, we 
may commence with Kenelm' born 30th 
April, 1599, who settled at Marshfield, Massa- 

In this Kenelm Brinch of the American 
section we count ten generations ; from 
among which we here represent as an exam- 
ple the following : 

Kpnelm', Kenelm-, Kenelm^, Thomas*,. 
Thomas'*, Miriam'* who married Benjamin 
Parsons, Ph(x;be' who married Joel Holton, 
Erastus - Alexan ier\ Edward - Alexander* 

Katie-May'«, born 4th May, 1865 at L^-e 

It will be noticed this system of indices 
applies U) the female as well as to the malr 
line of pedigree. When by marriage t!ie 
family name is changed, the substituted sur- 
name is indicated by opitnl letters. 

In the foregoing pedigree fmrn 1367 to 
lb70, a period of about 5(t0 years, we rir.d 
sixteen generatioiis ; and by this system of 
notation all may agree upon a lixed point of 
departure in two directions : one from the 
father of the first American Winslows to be 
indicated by aid of letters indefinitely pro- 
gressive, as researches extend into antiquity ; 
the other extensible, by aid ol numeials, to 
the remotest future of posterity. 

This system accepted, the labors of all 
may be progressively combined; and addi- 
tions from the remotes'; fields of research may 
be systematically joined to the results of 
other investigations. 

It often occurs that a genealogist can trace 
back a given ancestral line some generations 
with certainty to a point of divergence in the 
records, or in the generally received opinion. 

From this point of accredited certainty, 
I the several lines as maintained or believed, 
j are, y\xx the system I now have the honor to 
1 proi>ose.) represented respectively by ^. "^'. 
j ^, or letters near the foot of the alphabet. 

Thus it is beyond contradiction that Katie 
May Holton'*^ is of the twelfth generation 
from Kenelm Winslow'^. who in 1558, pur- 
chased an estate called Xewports P;ace. in 
Kempsey, England. 

But as to the ancestry of this Kenei::i" 
there are at present three separate l;nes for 
each of which, in accordance with researcljes 
to this date, there is plausibility ; oiie of 
which is the following : 

William Winsluwe*"-'', Thomas'^^. John'^^ 

The American and trans-oceanic sections 
combined are by the pro[)(>sed system r* pre- 
sented thus: William Wyncelowe'*, .John 
Wyncelowe'-^, Thomas Wiui,lowe"^, Wdliam 
Winslowe^^'^. Kenelm", Edward*; Kenelm'. 
Kenelm-, Kenelm'. Tliomas*. Thomas'', Mir- 
iam'' who marrieil Benjamin Parjjons, I'liu-'be* 
who married .Joel IL-ltox, Era.stus-A!exan- 
der", Edward-Alexander'-*. Katie- May'" mak- 
ing sixteeri generations, which for j'erspicui- 
tv may be arranged in ihret groups, vi/.. : 



American sroup, accredited certain, ten 
generations, 10 

English srouj), accrelitetl ceruin, two 
generations 2 

English group, beyond the point of di- 
vergent views, 4 

Total of the three groups, 16 

[From William Wyncelowe'"*. whose son 
John""-^ married Mary of " Crouchman Hall " 
Hempstead, Essex Co., England, to Kaiie- 
May'*\ of Lee, Massachusetts, are 500 yeais, 
showing the average per generation to be 31 
years as found in this^r*^ line '^.J 

A second line of English ancestors of this 
Kenelm Winslow'' is by some investigators 
believed to be correct, which by this system 
is indexed^" ; thus C^, D'^, E^ F^. 

By a ^/t/Vc? class of inquirers the ancestry of 
the Winslows is traced to a Danuh origin, and 
this line we designate by ^; thus : C^, D^. E^-. 

While our Formula contains any of the low 
letters of the alphabet, ^, ^. ^, &c., intelli- 
gent research and co-operation should be di- 
rected to the elimination of the unknown, or 
to the substitution of certainty in the place 
of uncertainty. 

To parties of different nationalties and 
language in England, France, Denmark and 
America, now making researches in the three 
divergent lines of inquiry as to the ancestors 
of Kenelm^, and more particularly to gen- 
ealogists in the United States, engaged in 
analogous labors, this system is respecttully 
submitted, in the hope thereby to facilitate 
means of correspondence,, methods of arrange- 
ment and forms of j)ublication. 

Further exemplifications of the system will 
be cheerfully furnished on application in per- 
son or by letter to the writer. 


There is an ancient Dutch Bible in the pos- 
session of Mrs. Catharine Sager of Coxsackie, 
N. Y,, that was originally the family bible of 
Coenraedt Ten Eyck, the records in which 
date back to 1678. This Coenraedt was the 
grandson of Coenraet of New York City, the 
progenitor of tlie family in the U. S., and the 
son of Jacob and Gerritie (Coeymans) Ten 
Eyck, the parents of the Albany branch of 
the family. The records of coarse are written 
in Dutch, and the following are literal trans- 
lations. J. S. G. 

1678, April 'J, Tuesday morniris, 8 oclfick 

Coenraedt Ten Eyck v\a^ Imrn 
1687, .Sept. 8, Gerritie \'an Schaaick. ruy ujfe 

was born. 
170'j, Oct. 10, Married my wife, Gerri'ie Van 
Schaaick, in Albany. 
Our children boin . 

1703, April 21, Jacob. 
1707, Jar*. 3. Marrytie. 
1710, July Gerritie. 
1712, Sep. 17, Anthxfiy. 
1714, Sep. 20. Barent. 
171', Jan. 29, Cairii.a. 
1718, Dec. 18, Andrie^e. 
1721, Feb. 12, Anna Margarita. 
1723, May 18. Tobias. 
1728, Aug. I'J, Gerritie. 
17}?, January *20, my brother Ba:ent Ten 
Eyck fell asleep in the Lord, on Satur- 
day, at 12 o'clock. 
17ss, Feb. 27. Then my mother Gerritie Ten 
Eyck died, and slept in the Lord, on 
Friday at 6 o'clock. 
173f, Then my father-in- Law An- 

thony Van Schaaick fell asleep in the 
Lord on Monday evening, at S o'clock. 

1737, Sep. 8, Elizabeth Bradt. daughter of 
my eldest daughter was born. 

1738, Dec. 9, Then my sister Jennike. the 
wife of Johannes Bleecker died, Sat- 
urday at 4 o'clock. 

1738. Dec. 20. Martin Drawyerdied at Peter's 
house of Bever's Island. 

1740, April 25, Then is ray daughter Marry- 
tie, the wife of Gerrit Bradt, gone to 
sleep in the Lord. 

1741, Xov. 11, Then my daughter Caiiina. 
died and sie[)t in the Lord. 

1743, Nov. 12, Then my daughter [GerritieJ 

1749, Oct. 2'.», Peter Ten Eyck son of An.l: ie>e 

was born. 
1777, Feb. 28, Then is my son Coenraet and 

my daughter Anna'.ie died and slept in 

the Lord. (?) 
1782, July 31, Then is my sister Gerrnie. the 

housewife of Peter Gansevoori iione to 

slee[) in the Lord. 

i 17 

1736, 1. I. Jacob C. Ten Eyck et.^red 
into matrimony with my wife Catarifia 
Cuyier, daughter of Abrai:ain « ..y!er. 
Our children born : 

1741, Nov. 27, Coenraed',. 
1743, Nov. 2'J, Abraham. 



1746, March 14, Catarina. 
1749, Sep. 17. Anthony. 
179 ), Nov. 22, Then my wife Caiaiina died 

a2;ed 81 years. 
1793, Sep. 9. Jacob C. Ten Eyck died. 
1772, Dec. 22, Volkert Dawson from New- 
York has arrived here at •i o'clock in 
the afternoon. 

1689, Nov. 17. I, Abraham Cuylei-, married 
my hou.sewife Cathiina Bleeckt^r. 
Our children born : 

1690, Dec. 22 Hendrick, in New York. 
1692, Oct. 26, Gerritie, in Albany. 
1695, April 18, Anna. 
1698, June 21, Jolianue.s. 
17O0. Sep. 10, Sara. 
1703, March 30, Marrytie. 
1709, Feb. 18, Katrina 
1713 Dec. 27, Abraham. 
1716, June 27, Nicholas. 
1709, Nov. 17, Then my daughter Anna slept 

itj the Lord. 
1722, Feb. 16, Then my daughter .Marrytie 

slept in the Lord. 
[ ] April 8, Then my wife Cathrina died. 


Regular meeting of June 25th, 1870. A 
circular form for Genealogical Enquiries, 
adopted by the Society. D. P. Holton and 
wife presented to the Society a deed in fee 
sim))le, of ten acres of land, situate in town 
of Islip, L. I., the proceeds of the sale ot 
which were to be invested, and the interest 
arising from the same, to be appropriated fur 
Lil)rnry purposes. The gift was accepted 
and a vote of thanks i)assed to Dr. and Mrs. 
Holton. Society adjourned until second Sat- 
urday in September. 

Meeting September 24.— Ifonations of a 
large number of valuable books and pam- 
phlets received. The election by the Board 
of Trustees, on the 21st inst., of John J. Lat- 
ting, Esq., as a Trustee of this Society to till 
vacancy caused by resignation of Ledyir 
Bill, F]s(j., was reported by the Secretary. 

.Meeting October 8. Several valuable books 
were presented. Two resident and two cor- 
responding members were elected. A paper 
was read by Ellsworth Eliot, M. D.,on " Some 
fact.s g.ithered from Beardsley's History of 
the E[)iscopal Church iy Connecticut, to show 

the value of vaccination as a m^ant of pro- 
longing life." Addre<<es were made by the 
Rev. I F. Holton *>{ Boston, and li.e Rev. 
Mr. Lord of Saratoga. 




Muns.rll, Allany, lisTO, 8o., 474 pp. iwcntr-eiett 
portrait.s and Index ; lar^e and email editions. 

This work comes to us in the best fetyle of 
the printers' art. P.-'inted on heavy tinl^i 
paper in clean bold type it forms with its 
twenty-eisht portraits, one of the most aiirac- 
tive volumes of American lamily bi'iiory yet 
published. The portraits are for t!je mofet 
part good ; the one of ihe Authors fatlier in 
particular being not <.nly a most excellent 
likeness but a true work of art. 

The introduction, by one of the most dis- 
tingui^ht-d members of the family, contain* 
many excellent remarks on family history -. 
and we commend it to our readers as worthy 
their attention apart from any family consid- 

The arrangement of the work is not in strict 
accordance with our ideas of the subjecl — 
nevertheless it is good. Our preference is to 
see the several generations arranged as such. 
! wirh families in th^ order of seriionty, and not 
the different branches followed out separately. 
The work bears utmiistakable evidence of 
thorough research and indeiaiizable industry 
on the Dart of its auth.^r and ihe lamily is :o 
be congratulated on its good fortune in rind- 
I iuix so good a chronicler of its history. 
i There is one feature of this work not to be 
! overlooked, as one rarely found in family his- 
I torie.'. .A.1I copies of wills, and extract-s fmm 
j public records are introduced in the form of 
I notes, which not only makes them more cop-*- 
j prehensive but does not interfere with the bi- .y 
I of the work. This is an im[>rovemeni *»nd to 
j be commended. The work is not wiihout its 
j defects ; hut they come more w itbin the 
j bounds of family than general criticism. 
I Progenitor to the •• Bei;e<lict< in .\raerica"' 
was Thomas Benedict, «ho is >.ud to have 
I been born in the year 1617. and came to 
j New England in 163S." in the same vessel 
j with .Maiy Brid^um his siej) sister whom he 
I married so<>n alter their arrival here. She 
; was the mother of hi> five son>. Thomas. John, 
1 S.imuel. James and David, and his lour 
j daushters. Elizabeth. Mary, Sarali ar,d Rebec- 
j ca, all born at Southold. L u<r Island. He re- 
! sideil at Soiuhold and .-everal other towns on 
! Long Island and tinaily >eitleii at Nofwalk. 
: Conn., w t)ere he die<l in 16M'-90. a:ie • abuute 
7.1, ■ antl tliis work is a record of hi> de-cend- 
anis in the male line The dejc.»udanls 
of his second son John ap;>ear to be ihe most 
numerous, although cor.-iderahle space i^ di^ 
voted to the others. The family is Te.-y nu- 
merous, but the author fu-ni>hes no clue by 
I which we can ascertain the number recorded, 



but there are probably between four and five 

The biogrnpliies— which we should have 
mentioned before — are very full and well 

M H. S. 

selp:ctioxs from the priiLir uocu- 

SCOTIA. ruhli-h-"l under .i r<s<>lutioii of the 
Hou^.' of Ass.-uibly, p;i-r I Murch IJ, 18(35. K.l- 
ited bv Thomas B. Akins. 1). C. L., Coramis.-iun- 
iT of'J'ublic li.M'ords. K-.lifax, X. S. : Chark-s 
Aniiancl, I'ublishir, I'itiO. 

The above is the title ot a work Wf» have 
received as a gift " from the Government of 
Nova Scoiia " It is an Svo V(jliunp of some 
755 padres, clearly printed and neatly bound. 
The present voluaif^ tteais mainly of the Aca- 
dian French frofu 1714 to 1755 The Docu- 
ments are generally ^iven in full,, and many 
valuable bio^^raphical notes appended by the 

We are olad to see that our neighbors 
across the line have made a beLnnninn; in this 
useful work, and trust that the ju-esent v(d- 
urae is but an earnest of the future. To New 
Yorkers these publications caiuiot fail to be 
of interest as the relations between the people 
of Nova Scotia and our city have in times 
past been intimate and peculiar. Many of 
the Acadian French when expelled from their 
houses by their English Con(iuPror came to 
New York, and their descendants abide with 
us still. Then a^ain upon the evacuation of 
this city by the British troops in 1754, many 
of the loyalists ot New York enii^jrated to 
Nova Scotia — and while some portion of them 
afterwards returned, many i-emained, and it is 
not uncommon at the present day in the En- 
glish Atlantic Provinces, to tind tamilies who 
trace their ancestors fiom our city. The pub- 
lication of the Documents of the Province for 
the era ot our American Revolution we shall 
look forward to with interest. 

J. S. G. 

miscellaxp:a gexealogica et heral- 
dic a ^[ontlilv StTics. Eiited bv .Jo-kph Jack- 
son Howard, LL. D., F. S. A.— Part.s I and 2, 
April and May, 1870. 

This new English Monthly is an offstart of 
the Quarterly of the same title, — and to Amer- 
ican Genealogists wishing to trace back to 
English Ance^itors, the present work would 
seem to be invaluable. It isTlevoted to the 
publication of the Parish Registeis, Ancient 
Wills, Marriage Settlements and Family Ped- 
igrees. It is illustrated with wood cuts ot 
Coats of Anus, Seals and Crests, and has a 
valuable "Notes and Queries" department. 

It is issued especially with a view to a large 
Americin circulation, and the price ha>> been 
placed at the low sum of fourptnce a number. 
or six shillings per annum, postage free, for 
American subsciibers. It appears to us to 
be destined to occupy a favored place in the 
regards ot all interested in genealogical pur- 
suits. The agents' address is Taylor »i: Co., 
10 Little Queen Street, Lincoln's inn Fields, 
Loudon. J. 3. q. 

THE rOL'XDEUS OF XE\^' YOEK. An a.ldr*-.* 
j d. livi-rv 1 bcfoio the St. Xi holai 8o<n.-tv 4| th.- 
I City of X. w York. Bv Jamjs W. Bn kmas. Kj-.- 
I uidiy. D.-c^mU-r 4. liy>9. Publi»hM lor the l»o. 
i <-uty, 1870. Paper, Imp. So, pp. 3<i. 

This handsomely printed book from the 
pres- of Munsell. comer, to u.s in the lime l.on- 
j ored or.j,ige color of the St. Nich(j!as Society. 
i It is an able exposition of the Dutch char- 
acter drawn by the pen of one. hiujself a de- 
I scendaiit from that race. It protest* aaaiust 
j the false impressions reaarding the Dutch 
[ character .so prevalent in many minds, and 
1 does but simple justice to tlie i><»Iid. industri- 
ous and endurmg if not alway-s brilliant 
' <iualities of our Dutch forefathers. The au- 
i ihor depicts their virtues of patriotism and of 
bravery not forsetting their quiei and sim- 
ple doruesiic virtues, which in many ca>es 
tiave descended to their refire^entatives in our 
j limes. We regret that our limited space for- 
I bids a more extended notice of this work : but 
] cannot close without thankins the author for 
I this contribution to the " history of the man- 
, ners and cu■^toms oi t!ie ancient New Yorkers " 
I — and of remarkino on the peculiar of 
j this work as coming from >Ir. BeekmanV pen. 
j He is descended from a lonji line of Dutch 
! ancestry, beiiiS we believe, of the sixth gen- 
; eration from William Beekman, a iiaiive of 
Overyssel, and who came to New Amsterdam 
with Governor Stuyvesani in 1647. 

J. S. G. 

uom the tiist jrraut in I74ii to the Venr ISjiJ. liy 
JoHX B. Hill. Boston: Lucius A. Eihcti i Co. 
D Bu_'b<'u <Sl- Co., BauiTor. 1»58. So. pp. 3J4. 

THE TOWX OF MASoX, X. H., Au- 26, IrttS. 
Bv John B. Hill. Boston: Eliiott, Ihoiaas 6c 
Talbot, 1S70. So, pp. 115. 

These two books comprising the history of 
the town to the year \^Qx, api>ear to have been 
prepared with much care, ami evince famil- 
iarity with the state archives as well as the 
town records. The Historical portion is di- 
vided into periods. The records of iuteiesi 
to the genealooist, such as lists of early set- 
I tiers, soldiers, town otticers, records of mar- 
riages, deaths and family registers have here 
been {)ut in print. Bioaraphical sketches, 
several with portraits, views of dwellings and 
of the village, make up a town history inter- 
estinii to any descendant of the town and 
creditable to the author. 

J. M B. 

JACOB FORSTEP. S. n., of Chirle^ion. M:ia>., 
By Ednvauu Jacob FottsTK.a. M. 1>. CharK -to»-n : 
1S7 0. Paper, 12 pp. and Index. 
This little pamphlet which is privately prin- 
ted for the author by C. S. Wa^on 4l Co., is 
an interesting aud we presume, preliminary 
genealo<2y of the Foster fimly U commen- 
ces the line witli Reginald Foster w'lo settled 
at Ipswich, Essex Co.. Mass., about the year 

The author traces but one line of the family 
untd he reaches Jacob Sen., in the sixth gen- 



eration, — and tlien gives his descendants com- 
plete to the ninth generation. The plan re- 
commended bj' the N. England Society is fol- 
lowed, and the work throughout is clearly 
written, beautifully printed and alt02ether a 
very satisfactory piece of work for its si/e and 
scope. We trust that the accomplished au- 
thor does not intend to rest here in his labors, 
but that a full genealogical r^jcord of his fam- 
ily will follow. J. S. G. 

NEW JERSEY. Bv th.- Rev. .JosrPH F. Tuttlf., 
D. T>., I'residt-nt of AVahash Coll<.'i?f, Indiana. 
Newark, N. J., Ib70. Paper, pji. 39, 

The foregoing is the title of an interesting 
pamphlet embracing in an enlartred form, a 
discourse delivered by Dr. Tuttle before the 
N. J. Historical Society on iuth May, 1869. 

The actual date of the first settlement in 
Morris County appears to be wrapped in 
doubt. Dr. Tuttle places the date in the tirst 
decade of the eighteenth century and the 
place W'hippany — and from 1710 or '20 his 
sketches are tolerably complete and certainly 
interesting. He naturally devotes much of 
his space to the history of the churches in the 
county, and has carefully annotated the w nk. 
Among the names of the earliest settlers we 
notice those of Hubbel, Green, Kitchel, Pier- 
son, Tuttle, Jackson, Kirkbridge, Fitz Ran- 
dolph, Schooley, Brotherton and many 
others. ' J. S. G. 


^*^ In the pedigree of " Chauncey," by William 
Chauncey Fowler, a decent is traced from Maud and 
her hrst hasband, Simon de St. Liz, through Maud 
the issue of that marriairo, and Robert Fitz Riohai-d 
de Clare.— After the death of Walthoof, William 
the Conqueror desired his widow, Judith, (his nitoe,) 
to marry Sunon St. Liz; she refused on account of 
his lameness. As a puni:?hment the Conqueror took 
from Judith the Earldom of Noithamptou, and con- 
ferred it upon her daughter Maude, who married 
Simon the rejected suitor of her mother, Judith. 
David, King of Scotland, the 2d husband of Maud, 
passed his early youth at the Court of Henry- 1, whose 
Queen Matilda was his sister ; Maud in her widow- 
hood, was also royally entertained at the Court of her 
kinsman, Henry I, who gave her in marriage to 
David, but we hear nothing of her daughter by her 
first marriage, either at the Court of Henry I of 
England, nor at the Court of her step-father David, 
King of Scotland, or elsewhere ; Odericus Vitalis 
speaks of the children of Maud and David, but is 
silent as to the i=«ue of Maud and St. Liz, nor am I 
aware that any historian throws any more light upon 
the subject. Is it not mere conjecture on the part of 
the genealogist ! Will the pedigree in that line btand 
the test of historical criticis-m ! 

M. B. S. 

Clevehind, 0., June 14th, 1870. 

.»% In answer to " Holden," I would sugarest the 
name of Ben Vemor, (not Benjamin,) of Detroit, 
Mich., Insurance Agent, Chairman of the Republican 
State Committee, etc., as perhaps being i* descemhint. 

J. M. B. 

Genealogies in Preparation. 

_ C>Jrf,.nttr. Aruofc B. ( .tip.-nl.-r of W.-t Wjittri.jfl, 
Vt., has in prejtaration an cxt( n^ive g< ui-alogy of 
tlie Carpenter family, which will prohablv g»» to pr«rM 
next y.-ar. 

The [Jwight Oene.ilogj- is dot poiri throuv'h thi- 
presa of Muiisell of Altlany. It i» to b* i^^ued in 
two I ir_'e O'tavo volume*, and w»^ ui. ler-tand will 
rival the Hyde Oene.ilo-.'j- in extent and interest. 

P^nn. James Col'-niJin of London, ie pri-T>aring a 
Pedigrev of the family of William P« nn, hia auiv*- 
tors, coll:itfrals and descendants with notes fn.>ra 
Registers, Wills, etc. 

Scntt. Martin B. Scott of Cleveland. Ohio, han a 
large collection of material, n-latini: to the ancestor? 
and deseeniiants of Richard .S< utt. one of the early 
settlers of I'roviden'^e, R. I., and the fii-»t Quaker 
convert in America, in view of comr-ilin.' a geu.-aloir- 
ioal hi>"t«>rv. Iniormaiion rtlttin-.' ro any ol th«- di- 
rect or collateral descendants of liiehard skott. would 
be very acceptable ; among the lait.r are th<- E. 1. 
fimilies of Beere. Brown, Buweu, Clarke, Capron, 
Greene, HoT»^in<, Jenkes. Lapham. Mason, Sayles, 
Slocum. UTiippl.- and Wilkinson. 

Srh'.rir'A. The pcdiirree of Richard .Schofield, Kent. 
England, 163(i— .Stamford, Ct., Iti-V.*. and a partial 
record of his descendants is in pri-pamtion by C.I. 
Scofield of Atchison, Kan., with a vivw to pubiicatiuo. 
He de<:ires information rcsrardin? The d..;<».-niai:ts of 

Ramsay, of the last Eu-'lish eoionial government 

of New York, whose srandson, D.nnd Ramsay, rtied 
recently in Amsterdam, N. Y. 

It is proposed to Issue a Memorial Voliune with 
bioLTai^hical sketch of late Bi-hop Chi^e <,f New 
Hamp.-hire. It is announced to ov.ntain 1<hj pages. 
GoorL'e G. Joe is th>- a.'ent of the publicttion, Clare- 
mont, N. H. 

Local Histories in Preparation. 

A History of Brail ford County, Pt.un., by Sylvester 
Taylor, M.D., is completed and soon to /o to prtss. 

D-lawarr. A Hi-tory of this State by 
Vincent of Wilmin_ton, Del., is now pubiL<hin-.r in 
numbers, six of whiLh have been L-^sued ; price, thirty 
cents each. 

A History of the town of Rockingham, Vt.. is in 
preparation by J. W. F. Blanchard and Charles F. 
Eddy. This work was begun la^t vtar by the late E. 
A. Darby, for Mi^s Uenienway's Venujnt Gazetteer. 

Mar\-in's Hi-tory of Worcester in the war, -viW not 
be for .-^ale at the stores, .and is inten led only for sub- 
scril^ers. The work will not be pnr::el unJcas there 
are enough subscriptions to warrant it. 


Asa Howland, a Corresponding MemWr of thL» 
Society, died on the 29th June, UjTO, at his residence 
at Conway, Mass. 

Mr. Howland was bom in Conway, CK tober 25th, 
1787, and was the eldest son of Job Howland. He 
was twice married but h-ad no children. On October 
25th, 1«13, he married Rh.Bbe Thtrnpson. who dii-J 
April 11th, ISoO, and on March Oth, 1^6I, he married 
the " Widow Tilton," who sur%-ivc-s him. 

Mr. or rather G.-ueral Howland served «i:h cn-dit 
in the war of 1^12, and rose to the rank cf Brigadier- 
General. Aftt r the war, ht laid a>ide his niiUtary 
armor and as.siuncd that of the great "CaptJiin of 
Salvation." On the 2uth November. ll>2S he 
chosen Deacon of the Con^-Tesrational Chur h in his 
native to»'n,^nd perfovmi-d the duties of that oiEce 
for over forty years. 

He died full of years and universally r^sjxcted md 

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A Discourse delivered before "The Numismatic and ANTK^LAkiAN Society of 

Philadelphia," May 5, 1870. 

GULIAN CROMMELIN VERPLANCK, with one exception the last sur\ivor of ihe 
justly celebrated Literati of old New York, died at his residence in thai ciiy on the 
morning of March i8th, 1S70. As has been truly said by Griswold (Prose Writers of 
America), " In the veins of Gulian Crommelin Verplanck mingles the best blood of the 
Hollander, the Huguenot, and the Puritan," and 1 will introduce this brief memorial oi his 
life with a sketch of his family history. The Verplancks may lay just claim to belontj to 
the veritable Knickerbocker stock. The first of the name in this country, of whom any 
record has been kept, was Abraham Isaacson Verplanck. which being translated means 
simply Abraham Verplanck, son of Isaac. There is a family tradition that his name was 
Abraham Jacobson Verplanck. but it is unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, in fact it is 
amply proved to have been as first stated, by the records of the Old Dutch Church in New 
York, as preserved in Valentine's Manual, where the names and dates of baptism of several 
children of Abraham Isaacson Verplanck are given, and these the same as those oi the 
traditionary' Abraham Jacobson Verplanck. 

Abraham Isaacson Verplanck came from Holland, according to the same family tradition., 
about the year 1640, and married "the widow Maria Ross, whose maiden name was \'igne ;"' 
she being a daughter of Guleyn and Ariantje [Cuvilje] Vigne. Whether this marriage took 
place before his arrival in this countrv", or whether it was a second one consummated 
afterwards, I am unable to say. The presumption is ver\- fair that they were married here, 
and there is no evidence that he was a widower as well as she a widow, for which also there 
is no other proof than the aforesaid tradition. But certain it is that the second child of 
Abraham Verplanck was born January ist, 1637, and named Guleyn. the same as her fathe.'-. 
but whether he was born here or in Holland I do not know. From his christian name i 
should suppose him to have been her child, which if so and born in this country, which 1 
also think most likely, would place the arrival of Abraham Verplanck here at an earlier date 
than that given, which undoubtedly was the case. He dropped the patronymic and wa< 
known as "Abraham" or "Abram" Verplanck, to whom in the years 1643 and 1044, land 
grants were made. He was a witness to a conveyance from the Indians to Governor Siuwo- 
sant, January 23, 1656; and September 5th, 1664, was one of the signers to a " Reinoiistraii-c 
from the people of New Netherlands to the Director General and Council o\ the D^ioli Uc-i 
India Company." 

After the surrender of New York to the English, he was among the CiCiicns who. i.n 
October, 1664, swore allegiance to the King; but when on March 31st. 1605. a invct:n.»; ol t.jc 
burghers and inhabitants of the city of New Amsterdam \vas called by the BurgoiuaMcis and 
Schepens to meet at the City Hall and agree upon how many of the English soldiers i.uh 
would lodge in their respective houses, opposite to his name appears the decisive an^wrr 


"cannot take any." It was finally ordered that those wJio could not accornmodatc anv of the 
soldiers should be assessed a certain sum in lieu of the accoinrnodaiions. and his name is on 
the assessment list as "residing on the Smet Valve." Smit Valye or Sfoidi's Valey. abbrevi- 
ated Smet or Smce's Vly, was a marsh extending from the rising ground, a little north of the 
city walls, along the East river, or shore of the present Pearl Street, to the rising ground near 
Fulton Street. This valley or salt marsh was bounded westward by the high ground a!ong 
the rear of jlie lots on the north-western side of Pearl Street, and is spoken of by this name as 
early as the time of Van Twiller. Abraham Verplanck lived on what would be the west side 
of the present Pearl Street, between Franklin Square and Wall Street. The same list contains 
the name of "Abigal Verplanck, residing on the Hooge Straat," or present Broadway. She 
was likely the "Abigil Verplanck and child " who arrived in "April, 1664," in the ship Con- 
cord, and might have been a sister-in-law or sister of Abraham Verplanck. or indeed even 
his mother, I'rom whom his eldest cliild and daughter was named. 

In February, 1674, after the recapture of New York from the English, the Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the city notihed the governor, that having become greatly indebted, and being 
daily vexed by some of their creditors to make payment, they solicited that some expedient 
might be invented by which these debts could be liquidated. After taking it into serious con- 
sideration, the governor decided that no remedy could be applied more prompt, than that the 
money should be obtained by taxation of the wealthiest inhabitants " as often in similar 
occurrences had been put in practice in our Fatherland ;" therefore he deemed it necessary 
to command "that by calculation a tax be levied on the property of this State without excep- 
tion, from all the inhabitants of this City of New Orange, tliose only excepted whose estates are 
calculated not to exceed the sum of one thousand gilders seawant value, "and named six 
impartial men to levy and collect the same." From the list so made out of the " most wealthy 
inhabitants," I find : 

Abraham Verplanck. Estate valued at (iilders Holland value, 300 
Guiliane Verplanck. " " " " " 5,000 

It may appear strange at first sight that Guiliane or more properly Geleyn, should have 
at that early day an estate of so much greater value than his father, but this statement is recon- 
cilable from the fact, if from no other reason, that six years before he had married into the 
Wesscls family, one of the wealthiest in old New York, through which connection he doubt- 
less obtained a large estate. The difference between "gilders seawant value" and "gilders 
Holland value," was very considerable; the exact proportion however I am unable to give, 
but a braided siring of seawant, a fathom long, was worth a few years before only three-fourths 
of a guilder, and it was rapidly depreciating in value. This seawant or seawan was the name 
of the Indian money commonly called wampum. It consisted, as is well known, of beads 
formed of the shells of the quahaii^^and periwinkle ; shell fish formerly abounding on our coast, 
and was of two colors, the black being held of double the value of the white. 

Mrs. Verplanck died in the year 1671, and her husband survived her many years, dying 
at an advanced age, but exactly at what date I have been unable to discover: it is however 
believed to have been about 16S0. He had nine children in the following order, viz. ; 

1. Abigail, married A. V^an Laets. 2. Geleyn, of whom hereafter. 3. Catalyna. married 
David Pieterson Schuyler, October 13, 1657. 4. Isaac, baptized June 26, 1641. died doubtless 
in infancy. 5. Sussanna, baptized May 25, 1642. married Martin Van Waert, December a. 1660. 
6. Jaconnyntje, baptized July 6, 1644. 7. Ariantje, baptized December 2, 1646. S. Hellegond 
baptized November i, 164S. 9. Isaac, baptized Februan,- 26, 165 1. married Miss (^oeymans of 
Coeymaiis Patent, whose descendants live in the neighborhood of Albany. 

Gelev-n Verplanck, the second child of Abraham, was born January i. 1637, and married. 
June 20 166S, Hendrickje Wessels of Aernham. He was a prominent merchant and citizen, 
and on August 16, 1673, was nominated for Schepen. as being one "of the best and most res 
pectable citizens of the reformed christian religion," to which position he was subsequently 
elected. In the same year he held the position of Ensigrt in a company of Militia, and was 
again Schepen in 1674. During the years 1677, '78, '79 and 'S3, we find his name in the list oc 
City Aldermen, the last year for the North Ward. Alter the recapture of New York by the 


Dutch, he was one of the three commissioners appointed to liquidate the demands against 
the estate of the ci-devant Governor Lovelace. As has been already shown his Estate was 
valued in 1674, at five thousand gilders, while his father's was worth but three hundred. Ik- 
died April 23, 16S4, leaving his wife executrix of his will. She afterward married. May 29. 
16S5, Jacobus Kip of New York. Geleyn V'erplanck had eight children, six s«>ns and two 
daughters, the eldest of wh-nn was Samuel born December 16, 1669. and baptized the tiiird da\ 
after. He married Ariantje, daughter of Balthazar and Man iijc (Looclvcrmansi Bayard, October 
26. 1691, and died at sea, November 20, 1698, while on a voyage from Curacoa to Jamaica, and 
is buried at the latter place. His will was proved at New York the next year with his wife 
as Executrix. He had four children, the youngest Gulian. being but five months old. when 
his father died. 

Gulian Verplanck, the great-grandson of tiie first emigrant, was born May 31. 169^, and 
married, September S, 1737, Mary, daughter of Charles and Anna (Sinclair) Crommelin of New 
York. Mrs. Verplanck's father although of Dutch origin was born in France, and her mother 
was a French Huguenot ; the Sinclair family being descended from Janies the Fifth of Scot- 
land's son, the Earl of Orkney. He died November 11, 1731, and of his children, seven in 
number, the eldest Samuel and the youngest Gulian, will each require a passing notice. 

Samuel Verplanck the grand-father of our deceased member, was born in the City of New 
Y^ork September ig, 1739, ^^^ ^^'^s graduated by Kings now Columbia College in 175S, 
with its first graduating class. Among his classmates at graduation were Samuel Provost, 
afterwards the first Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York, and Philip Van 
Cortlandt, Colonial Lieut. Governor of the State, during the Revolution. It was towards the 
close of the year 1746, that the first decided movement was made towards having a college 
erected in the province, and by November 1753, such progress had been made in the enter- 
prise that the Rev. Samuel Johnson D. D. of Stratford, Connecticut was invited to accept the 
presidency of the intended institution, with a salar}- of two hundred and fifty pounds a year. 
He refused to absolutely accept the office until the charter had been first obtained, and al- 
though he visited New York, the following April, it was by way of trial only. He was at this 
time in his 58th year, and had been for above thirty years the faithful missionary at Stratford 
of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Pans. The University of Oxford 
had conferred upon him when he was but forty-six the Degree of Doctor of Divinity, a high 
distinction from that body even at this day of easily earned college '"honors." On the lOth of 
May, 1754, the ten trustees who had been chosen to hold the funds raised for the benefit of 
the College, presented a draft of a charter, and in anticipation of a more formal establishment 
of the College, gave public notice of an examination of candidates for admission, to be held 
during the first week of the following July, and on the 17th of that month. Dr. Johnson began 
in the vestry room of the school-house belonging to Trinity Church, his instruction of the 
eight students who were admitted at this first examination, and on the list, the first name is 
that of Samiel Verplanck. The others in their respective order were Rudolph Ritzima. 
Philip Van Cortlandt, Robert Bayard, Samuel Provost, Thomas Marston. Henr\- Cruger, 
and Joshua Bloomer. Of these Bayard, Marston, and Cruger, the latter the colleague of Ed- 
mund Burke for Bristol, in the House of Commons, and a fearless advocate of American 
rights, did not graduate, and two others Isaac Ogden. and Joseph Reade were added to the 
class and graduated with it in 175S. The Charter was finally granted October 31. 1754. 
and among the prominent men named in it for the Governors, was Philip Verplanck. who 
was a son of Jacob, youngest brother of Samuel, the grandfather of the first graduate, and he 
continued in this office until 1770, a year before his death, when he resigned. 

Samuel Verplanck's father having died before his son arrived at manhood, the latter was 
sent after his graduation to Holland, where he remained for several years in the counting- 
house of his maternal uncle Daniel Crommelin, who was then at the head of the great banking 
and commercial house of Daniel Crommelin and Sons, of Amsterdam ; a house which had an 
existence of more than a century, and has only been dissolved within the last ten years. In 
a letter written by Gulian C. Verplanck, when at Amsterdam in 1S16, he speaks of visiting 
Daniel Crommelin, and his taking him to the Exchange where " he took his accustomed stand 


about the centre of the square that his fatlier and grandfather had always stood on, and that I 
was talking to him on the same ground where my grandfatlier must have talked lo his, fifty 
years ago." The present representative of the Crommelin familv is Claude Auguste Crora- 
melin, a member of the City Council of Amsterdam, and inheritor of the family homestead. 
Samuel Verplanck married while in Holland on the 26th of April, 17C1, his cousin Judiih 
Crommelin, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Le Platirier; Crommelin, and after extensive 
travel abroad, returned to this country in 1763, and established himself in the City of New- 
York as a wholesale importer and banker. He was one of the twenty-four founders of the 
New York Chamber of Commerce in 176.3, and was appointed in 1770, one of the Governors 
of his Alma Mater, and his name is also to be found among those of the Committee of Safety 
of One Hundred, who were chosen to take charge of the City Government upon the seizure 
of the public buildings in May, 1775. He removed to Fishkill, Dutchess Couniy, where he 
was a large landholder, (the first Gulian Verplanck having been one of the three original 
patentees of the Rondout Patent in 16S3), when his impaired health and the disordered state 
of the country induced his \vithdrawal from business. To his youngest brother Gulian. who 
was born Febiuary nth, 1751, and was but nine monthsold when his father died. !ie was most 
tenderly attached. He carefully watched over him and guided him in his education, and alter 
his graduation at Kings College in the Class of 176S, with Bishop Moore and Gouverneur 
Morris, sent him to Europe to receive a similar mercantile training under his uncle Daniel 
Crommelin as he had received. Gulian Verplanck became quite a noted man, highly accon;- 
plished and a fluent good speaker. As early as 17SS, he was a representative in the Assem- 
bly of the State and was elected Speaker July 6, 1791, and again Januar\' 6, 1796. During the 
last ten years of his life from 1790, he was one of the Regents of the University of fhe State, 
and also held the position of second President of the Bank ol New York. Of ihe Old Ton- 
Xiuv Cofi'ce House, founded in 1792, he was one of the original Trustees named in the deed 
oi (rust, and a subscriber to two shares of the stock. He married Cornelia daughter of David 
Johnson of Dutchess County, and his son was David Johnson Verplanck a prominent local 
{iolitician, and at one time time editor of the "New York American," subsequently under the 
<h4r«e of President Charles King. He died at the close of the year 1799, leaving his wife to 
Mil Vive him, who two years later, married George Cairnes, the Reporter of the Supreme Court 
of New V!)rk State. 

S,imuel \'trplanck died at Mount Gulian, on the banks of the Hudson, which had been a 
f.iuniry residence of his father, on the 27th of Januar}-, 1820, in the eighty-first year of hij age. 
Jir Jiad two children, a daughter who died in infancy, and a son named from Ins maternal 
Iftjndtather, Daniel Crommelin Verplanck. 

D.»niel C. Verplanck was born March 19, 1762, and received his degree of A. M. 
!!f rn (^olumbia College in 178S, after its re-organization. He was a man of great liber- 
>>s!v »nd universally popular. He married October 29. 1785, Elizabeth, daughter of William 
Sitnuf i Johnson, first President of Columbia College, as his father had been first Presideiii 
«.'. kings College. President Johnson was a man of distinguished ability. He was a Judge 
"A the Supreme Court of Connecticut, and received the degree of Doctor of Laws from O.xford 
I nu«»*»t> in 1763. Towards the close of the ne.xt year he was appointed Agent Extraordi- 
rjrt of the Colony of Connecticut to the mother countr)-, and in the execution of his impor- 
u u ajjision embarked for England, where he resided until the middle of the year 1-71. From 
1:*: until xS<x> w!\cn he resigned, he was President of Columbia College and resided in the 
< !f> of New York. After he dissolved his connection wiih the College, he returned to his old 
"> -ire at Str;u!t)rd. where he died November 14, 1S19. aged ninetv-two vears. His daughter 
N'j* V crpianck died Februar\- 6, 1789, when she was but in her twenty-fifth year, leaving two 
'.; 3un <r. LiAN, and Ann who died in infancy. Her husband married aguin 
^ - JT. I79<\ Ann. only daughter of William and Mary (De Lancey) Walton, by wiiom he had 
^- '•". t hil.iren. l(;ur <l.iu7hters and three sons, as follows: Mary Ann. Louisa, Samuel. Eli/a- 
* h V. illiam Walton, James De Lancey, and Anna Louisa. He was with his uncle ('.ulian an 
'■'•*.iRj| subscriber in 1794, to tw.) shares of stock in the Tontine Building, and hi-s ntuninces 
'•Me his two children. Gulian C. and Mar\- Ann. Of this singular enterprise more hereafter. 


Daniel C. Verplanck, was a representative in Congress from 1802 until 1809, and subsequently 

a Judge of the Court of Common Picas of Dutchess County resigning his seat on the bench 
in 182S. He died near Fishkill, March 29th, 1834. 

Having now given a succinct account of the Verplanck family, from its first ancestor in 
this countr)' tlirough six generations, and shown each successive generation to have been a 
most worthy representative of its progenitor. I will now enter upon one of the most pltasing 
duties which it has ever fallen upon my pen to fulfil, and proceed to give a memorial of the 
life and services of our deceased member tlie 


Gulian Crommelin Verplanck was born in Wall Street in the City of New York, August 
6, 1786. His mother dying when he was but three years old, and his father having married a 
second time, he was brought up under the care of his grandniother Judith Crommelin. a most 
accomplished and highly cultivated lady ; and under her care and that of his maternal grand- 
parents at Stratford, witli whom much of his time was passed and who took great interest in 
his welfare, he received his early education. At the rather juvenile age of eleven years he 
entered Columbia College, from whence he was graduated in iSoi, and a few years later was 
registered a student-at-law in the ofiice of Josiah Ogdcii Hoffman, then at the height of his 
reputation, and between whom and Mr. Verplanck the tenderest I'riendship alwavs existed. 
He was admitted to practice as an attorney in the Court of Common Pleas, November 20. 1&07, 
and the next year he opened an ofiice at No. 50 Wall Street. It does not appear that he ever 
engaged to any extent in the practice of his profession, nor did he desire it, and the more 
this is to be regretted from the great legal mind he afterwards exhibited, which ampiv proved 
that by him any position of eminence at the bar or on the bench might have been attained. 
and thereby the community have secured a jurist of rare acquirements and puritv. 

He made his dednf in public life July 4, 1809, when in his twenty-third year, by delivering 
an oration beOjre the Washington Benevolent Society of New York, which was published at 
the time, and copies of it are preserved in the Library of Congress at Washington, and in the 
New Y^ork State Librarj' at Albany, Two years later while in the midst of a war of political 
squibs, in which he took no minor part, he was married on the 2d of Octobe, iSii, to Eliza 
Fenno, daughter of John Ward and Mar)- (Curtis) Fenno, originally of Boston, but later of 
Philadelphia, in which city Mr. Fenno succeeded his father in the publication of the L'nited 
States Gazette, a federal paper strongly supporting the administration of Washington, and 
where he perished in the terrible yellow fever of 1799. Miss Fenno was a sister of Mrs. Josiali 
Ogden Hoffman, and under the roof of his old preceptor he first met his future bride. His 
married life was a very short but a very happy one, and his devotion to the memory of his 
wife, is worthy not only of all praise, but of all imitation in this age of too frequent '•out of 
sight, out of mind." I cannot tell the beautiful and touching stor)- of his early and life-long 
grief, in terms more appropriate than those conveved to me in a letter from liis grand-d.mgh- 
ter, the one bearing his beloved wife's name. She writes from " Fishkill en the Hudson." as 
follows ; " My grandmother died in Paris April 29, 1817, of consumption, a disease whicli had 
proved fatal to many members of her family. Her physicians here had almost assured her 
that a voyage to Europe, and residence in the South of France for a short time, would restore 
her health. She went first to Charleston and from thence to Europe, leaving two young chil- 
dren, my father then in his third year, and a baby of six months, in the care of my grandiamers 
sister Mary Anna Verplanck, eldest daughter of Judge Verplanck by his second marriage. 
My aunt devoted her life to the care and education of these children, and her letters to mv 
grandmother during her absence evince the most tender interest in her ncphcw>. to whom 
she stood for so long in a mother's stead. My grandmother's letter to my father, ttlling turn 
'that when the trees are green again dear mother will come to her darling boy." brings tears 
to our eyes after all these years, and all the advice and loving counsel a little buy oi four ycai'. 
could understand, were poured forth from the yearning heart of this mother, who wa«. on iIjih 
earth never to see her children again. In the weariness qf the separation her great comfurt 
was in the expression ' I am making this sacrifice for my children.' At one time she says. ' I 
think if I could see my dear baby again, it would almost make me well.' 


*• She was a woman of quick sympathy, wiih exquisite taste in art. literature and mu«c : of 
a most lovely and expressive countenance, i hope to have the pleasure of showm;? vou the 
miniatures in my father's possession, one by Malbone most lovely of ' pretiv ^raf:dnia' a« my 
baby daughter calls her, when she bc^s to see the pictures. Her expression was of iittu 
purit}, simplicity and sweetness, and though her features were not regular she was considered 
to possess much beauty. To her influence upon his whole life arstheiically. mentally, and 
devotionally, my grandfather has ascribed tiie direction and cuiiivation of those u»tes w'hicb 
afterwards made him so prominent among men of letters. 

" Everything belonging to her was treasured by my grandfather during the long years of 
his long life with most touching care. Letters to and from Miss Fenno. her visiting cards, 
rings, long tresses of her beautiful hair, poetry she had copied when a child, and letters to 
and from her sisters in their childish days, all preserved to be opened after his death, bv her 
grandchildren, and which formed a most aflecting incident in the examination of his papers. 
In a book of devotion, he has written that she died at raid-night, April 29, 1S17. Never dur- 
ing my whole life did I ever hear him mention her name. Once last summer he carne into 
the drawing-room where 1 was sitting, and pointing to the miniature by Malbone lying on ilic 
table, he said to me, ' Eliza, I am going to give you a copy of that picture.' " 

Mrs. Verplanck's remains rest in the beautiful cemetery of Pere La Chaise, and her L. 
reaved husband after a brief visit to England and Scotland, were he was much with Wa&hing. 
ton Irving, returned to New York early in the fall. From his letters written during his so- 
journ abroad, I feel constrained to make some extracts, showing as they do, even at that early 
day, two prominent characteristics of his mind, — inquiry and observation. From Paris. May 
20, 1S16, he writes, "with all the splendour I am disappointed in Paris, everi' thing has teen 
so turned and overturned that it has nothing of antiquity about it. but its want of comfort." 
In the same letter he speaks of having met with several American officers and gentlemen who 
had been travelling in various parts of Europe, and that he finds them almost all concurring 
in the same feeling of disappointment and even contempt, for the institutions of the continent. 
compared with those of our own country. He then adds, "There has been a wonderful 
change in Europe in public opinion with respect to the American character. We are as 
much respected now as a few years ago we were despised." From Amsterdam where he re- 
mained some time, he wrote soon after his arrival, September 14, 1816 : " Everi- vestige of the 
ravages of war has disappeared, even at Waterloo the houses are all rebuilt and scarce any 
mark of the battle left. There seems to be great comfort and wealth among the peasanir>-. 
and the moment you cross the frontier, you find yourself among a neater people. ♦ * • ♦ 
Amsterdam when I arrived was swarming with peasantry, who had come to the fair. The 
richness of the gold head-dresses of the women, and the silver buckles of the men. and the 
crowds of people swarming on all sides, give an air of great liveliness to the whole town. I 
do not think that the Abbe du Pradt is strictly correct when he says {in his Congress of 
Vienna) 'that as habitations for the use of man, nothing on the continent can compare with 
the towns of Holland.' Like our American cities the beauty consists in the fine streets and 
the general air of opulence and comfort. In public edifices, it cannot compare with ihegieai 
towns of France. The town house must have been a ver>' grand edifice for that purpose, but 
it is now turned into a palace, and as such is gloomy and incommodious." In another letter 
he says " I have received great attentions from our relations. The son of Mr. Claude Crom- 
melin, a very fine young man, accompanied me to Sardana and Broch«', where we admired jhe 
wonderful neatness of the outside of the houses, for it was idle to think of admission into any 
of them, when the Emperor of Austria had been relused. Mr. Claude Crommelin lives in a 
large plain house something like P. Jay Monroes in Broadway, without, in the Hurengracht. 
one of the best built streets of Amsterdam, with a fine garden in the rear. Vou enter a hall 
paved and sided with white marble, on the one side is a small parlour and the compimg 
room, on the other two parlours; one much like a well furnished New York parlour, the 
other filled with carvings and gildings, with walls ^nd ceilings painted with allc^ncal 
figures." Then follows the description of going to the Exchange, quoted in a former part of 
this memoir. Again writing, while still in Amsterdam, he says ; "The new Kingdom of the 


Pays-Bas, is a very incoherent mass. The Belgians dislike tl>e union exceedingly. and con- 
ceive that their interests are sacrificed to tliose of Holland ; then the difference of manners. 
language, c^c, makes them a very difiereni people. I travelled in company with a Flenii&li 
gentloman, who fills a respectable lei^al office at Liege, he is much more of a foreigner than 
I am in Amsterdam, and lias nothing in common with his fellow subjtcis, but the orange 
cockade in his hat. Holland seems prosperous and happy. The Orange family are popular, 
though I understand the people do not much like the idea of having a king, ii was certainly 
weak in the family to shock old opinions and feelings for the sake of a mere name." Speak- 
ing of Ghent, he says, " It is an immense half peopled tov.n, very dull and gloomy, with grass 
growing in the streets, and one may walk a mile without meeting twenty people. I saw 
mass celebrated with great pomp, by the Prince de Broglio, Bishop of Ghent, in the magnifi- 
cently decorated Cathedral. He is the great leader of opposition in Belgium to the Orange 

Before his return to Paris later in the fall, he visited Leyden and thus speaks of it : " At 
Leyden, the university makes little show, the most interesting thing I saw there was a fine 
grove of American trees, set out by Boerhave, chiefly butternut and tulip trees. The library 
is very valuable, but it is stowed away in a small and incommodious room, \Nhere the books 
arc so closely arranged that you have scarcely room to walk. I was surprised to see the 
Librarian, apparently a man of education and as I afterwards learned, a rich bookseller, hold 
out his hand for his fee, as the servants and porters do at palaces, and receive a florin with 
thanks. The Rector and Law Professor. Dr. Kemper, enjoys a verv- high reputation. He 
was at the head of the revolution which restored the present family, and was offered the first 
places in the State, which he refused — to return to the university, asking only for the privilege 
of free admission to the King, whenever he should desire it. He is now at the head of a 
commission to form a civil and criminal code for the United Kingdom. Mr. Eustis. our 
Minister in Holland, describes the Dutch Court as extremely plain and economical. The 
King's dinners he says, are nearly such as Mr. Madison gives, and not more splendid in any 
respect, except in being served on silver. But the Dutch are oppressed by the immense ex- 
pense of their army, being obliged to keep up 6o,o(X) men. Holland is ver}- loyal, but Bel- 
gium is said to be retained by mere force.' 

As has been before said, after the death of his wife, Mr. Verplanck visited England and 
Scotland, and from a letter written to his father from London, we learn the impression made 
upon him, by some of the prominent men of the day in the Houses of Parliament, and the 
Courts of Law. He writes dated June 24, 1S17: " During the last week I have been attend- 
ing the debates in Parliament, on the Habeas Corpus suspension bill. I was there from five 
till one in the morning, and heard most of the Peers distinguished for talent. There was 
much ver>- bad speaking; I never heard worse in any of our bodies than from Lords Gros- 
venor, King, and several others. Lords Sidmouth, Landsdown, Biddesdale. (formerly Ciian- 
cellor of Ireland,) and the Duke of Montrose, struck me as good debaters, but Grey, in man- 
ner, was finer than any public speaker in a legislative body, I ever heard. I was last night 
in the Commons till two in the morning, all the talents of the house were brought out except 

[ ] on the one side, and Peel, a young man of the highest reputations on the other. The 

three best speeches w-cre from Canning, Brougham, and Wilbcrforce. Canning though the 
worst in matter was far the best in manner. Brougham is too much of a lawyer, and W ilbcr- 
force of the preacher, the last was however listened to with more attention than either of the 
others, for he has a weight of character, which Brougham and Canning who are rceardeJ as 
political adventurers, want. Castlereagh is fluent and easy, but confused and uniir.pressive. 
the only thing which appeared to be at all remarkable about him, was his good humour and 
mildness of manner, in all the altercations of the debate. The noise, disorder, and apparent 
rudeness of the house is ver\' striking to an American. 

'' I arrived in London during the last days of the term, and had an exctlLnt upportunit) 
of seeing the bar and bench of England. Neither of the^-Qur courts appear to !ne as respect- 
able and imposing as the Supreme Court of the United States, or of Now York. Lord Ellen- 
borough is heavy and drawling in his manner and without dignity,— but Sir V. Gtbbs, in the 


Common Pleas, presides with threat dignity, and in his gentlemanly deportment to tlie bar, 
presents a strong contrast to Lord Ellenboroiigh. I was at Guildhall this morning, and heard 
a trial before each of the Chief Justices. Sir Vicar>*s manner reminds me much of that of 
Mr. Harrison. I was surprised to observe the general want of fluency in the public sj>takcrs. 
even Sir V. Gibbs, is hesitating, and at a publid meeting of the Naval School Society, the 
Bishop of London in an attempt at an extempore speech, appeared worse than the most illit- 
erate of our methodists." 

The next month he writes to his sister-in-law Mrs. Hoffman, from the Scottish Capital, 
"as to Edinburgh, 'my own romantic town" as Scott calls it, and it is the only city I ever 
saw, which deserves the name of ' romantic,' and never was there a happier epithet. For the 
town, its institutions, &c., Simond can give you a better account of them than I can, though 
he does not give that praise to Scotch manners which they deserve. I saw Mrs. Grant sev 
eral times, and breakfasted with her the day before I left Edinburgh. I need not say I was 
much pleased with her." Tliis was Mrs. Anne Grant of Laggan, who wrote the celebrated 
"Memoirs of an American Lady"; the American lady being, •* Madam Schuyler" uf Albany, 
the widow of Colonel Philip Schuyler, and aunt of the distinguished general of that najnc. 
In a subsequent letter he speaks of taking tea with Mrs. Barbauld. then seventy-five years «jf 
age. Before he took his final departure for his native land, he re-visited the home of his ances- 
tors, and from Amsterdam he closes a letter with : " I should like ver\- well to see Italy, but 
I cannot think of buying that pleasure at so dear a rate as another winter's absence. The de- 
sire of seeing the land of [ ] and liberty, was the strongest inclination of the kind I ever 

felt, and I feel some gratification in the thought that I have sacrificed it once to the com- 
fort of Eliza, and a second time to her children ; this rctieciion fully compensates for any re- 
gret I may hereafter feel on the subject." Mr. Verphuick never made a second visit to Eu- 
rope, and when urged to do so, simply replied that he was happier at home. Upon his return 
he entered afresh the arena of local politics, in which he had somewhat bestirred himst-If be- 
fore his departure, by writing a series of letters signed " Abimeleck Coody, Ladies" Shoe- 
maker," which were printed in the papers of the day, vigorously attacking with satire and abuse, 
the then Mayor De Witt Clinton, who had some time before made himself prominent in prc- 
fering- charges against Verplanck, in terms rather strong, in proceedings before him, arising 
out of a disturbance which had taken place at Columbia College on commencement day. 
The letters were finally answered in a pamphlet dated January-, 1S15, entitled : "An account of 
Abimeleck Coody, and other celebrated writers of New York, in a letter from a traveller to a 
friend in South Carolina," in which the writer, believed to have been Clinton himscl:'. denoun- 
ced Mr. Verplanck as "the head of a political sect called the 'Coodies,' of hybrid nature, 
composed of the spawn of Federalism and Jacobinism, and generated in the ven«>nious pas- 
sions of disappointment and revenge, without any definite character, neither fish nor tlesh, nor 
bird nor beast, but a nondescript made up of 

'all monstrous, all prodigious things.'" 
It also contained a defence of the members of the Historical Society, and the Literary and 
Philosophical Society, over both of which Clinton presided, and in particular (A Clinton him- 

The Coodies, among the leaders of whom were Verplanck and Hugh Maxwell, both 
prominent in the Columbia College difficulty, were a branch of the Federalists, who had be- 
come disaffected and left its ranks, and joined the good old democracy of Tammany. This 
was at the time of the last war with England, when the federalist party rendered itself so ob- 
noxious by its continued opposition to its prosecution : and a large body o( its supporters 
being opposed to this opposition, deserted its standard, and allied themselves to that party 
which was so vigorous in its prosecution. 

During the years 1S13 and '14, while Irving had the editorial charge of the Analectic Mn;,'a- 
zine, published in Philadelphia for several years by Moses Thomas. Verplanck made many va- 
luable contributions to its pages, designated by the initial V, principally of a biographic;;! nature, 
which *style of composition he seems to have enjoyed in fiis early days, as may be seen from 
his graceful address before the New York Historical Society towards the clost- of 1S18. in 


which he commemorates the virtues and condemns the vices, of the " Early European Friends 
of America." Among his articles of that character in the Analectic. may be mentioned me- 
moirs of Samuel Adams, Fisher Ames, Joel Barlow, Cadwallader Coldcn. Oliver Ellswoiih. 
and Generals Pike and Scott, while he also wrote reviews of Waterman's " Life of Calvin. ' 

Leigh Hunt's " Feasts of the Poets." and several years later of his friend's, the editor's, " Sketch 

I have referred to his anniversary address before tlie Historical Society ; this may be »uia 
to have been the basis upon which was built his future literary reputation. It opened with a 
lamentation for the lack of interest shown by his fellow-countrymen in the hisiory of their 
own country, and seems to have aroused them from a lethargy into which they have never 
since fallen. It was reviewed both at home and abroad by the leading periodicals ot the day. 
and from a well written article in the North American Rex-iew for March, iSiQ. I extract the 
closing paragraph as giving in a brief compass a just estimate of his work. "We can- 
not take leave of Mr. Verplanck without acknowledgments for the refined entertainment 
which his performance has afforded. It is a collection of interesting facts, enlivened by a 
chaste imagination, and exibits a generous glow of heart, a free but candid judgment of men, 
and an enlightened love of countrv'. The author regards with laudable complacency the 
sympathies of great and* good men of whatever nation, in ihe advancement and lame oi our 
free and united communities." 

It was in this address that Mr. Verplanck alluded to Knickerbocker's Histor>- of New 
York in a spirit of regret at the injustice done by it to the Dutch character. He says " It is 
more 'in sorrow than in anger* that I feel myself compelled to add to these gross instances 
of national injustice, an early work of a writer of our own, who is justly considered one ol the 
highest ornaments of American literature. I allude to the burlesque history- of New \ork. in 
which it is painful to see a mind as admirable for its exquisite perception of the beautiful, as 
it is for its quick sense of the ridiculous, wasting the riches of its fancy on an ungrateful 
theme, and its exhuberant humour in a coarse caricature. The writer has not yet fulfilled all 
the promise he has given to his country. It is his duty because it is in his power, to brush 
away the pretenders who may at any time infest her society, her science, or her politics : or if 
he aspires, as I trust he does, to strains of a higher mood, the deeds of his countrymen and 
the undescribed beauties of his native land, afTord him many a rich subject, and he n;ay deck 
the altar of his countr>''s glory with the garlands of his taste and fancy." 

In a note to this passage the author says : " To those who judge of Mr. Irving's p- wers. 
solely from his satirical and ludicrous compositions, this may seem an exaggerated compli- 
ment. But he has given some samples, too few and too short I confess, of what he js able to 
effect on these topics in his graver and purer style." And in a later edition he adds : "The 
above note was written and first published about fourteen years ago. It is rci.\ined in the 
present edition, because I feel proud that my judgment of the graver talents of the author ot 
Knickerbocker, has been confirmed again and again, and above all by the Life ot Columbus. ' 

Upon the above criticism Irving wrote to his brother Ebenezer, who had expressed 
some fear at the effect it might have upon a new edition, then about to be published m Phd- 
adelphia: "I have seen what Verplanck said of my work. He did me more than jusucc m 
what he said of my mental qualifications : and he said nothing of my work that I have not 
long thought of it myself. * * * * He is one of the honesiest men I know ol. m ..peak- 
ing his opinion. There is a determined candor about him, which will not allow to U- 
blinded by passion. I am sure he wishes me well, and his own talents and arc 
too great to suffer him to entertain jealousy ; but were I his bitterest enemy, suc.i an op.nion 
have I of his integrity of mind, that I would refer any one to him for an honest opinion o? me. 
sooner than to almost anv one else." i • • i' 

To Henry Brevoort with the first number of the Sketch Book, containing it.o w.nmtal..u- 
story of Rip Van Winkle, the main points of which Jefferson has made so familMr to the pr-cni 
generation, Irving writes in his plavful vein, after alluding in the most terms 
to the oration of Verplanck : " I hope he will not put our old Dutch burghers u»f. me notam 
that they must feel affronted with poor Deidrick Knickerbocker, just as he i> about Cuming 


out in a new edition. I could not help laughing at this burst of filial feeling in Verplanck. 

on the jokes put upon his ancestors ; though I honor the feeling and admire the manner in 
which it is expressed. It met my eyes just as I had finished the little stor)- of Rip Van Win- 
kle, and I could not help noticing it in the introduction to that bagatelle. I hope Verplanck 
will not think the article is written in defiance of his vituperation. Remember me heaitily 
to him, and tell him I mean to grow wiser and better and older ever>' day. and to lay the 
castigation he has given seriously to heart." 

In the following year was published a small volume entitled "The Bucktail Bards." 
which has usually been attributed to Mr. Verplanck ; and the correctness of this seems fully 
sustained, by his responding in a most deligtful manner to a toast to the " Buckiail Bard" 
given by Mr. Bryant, at a dinner to Fitz Green Halleck in January, 1854, at the Ceniur>- Club. 
But at the same time this hardly seems conclusive, in the face of the fact tiiat the catalogue 
of the New York State Library, of which he was for many years a trustee, and in which he 
exercised a controling influence, contains the work with the name of his father's cousin John- 
son Verplanck as author. The volume contained "The State Triumvirate a Political Tale," 
"The Bucktail Bards" proper, and "The Epistles of Brevet Major Pindar Puff/' in the latter 
of which, De Witt Clinton, then Governor, was ridiculed under that character. About the 
same time or a little later, there appeared a clever squib, which was published anonymously 
^^ for the tise cf the members" entitled " Proces-Verbal of the Ceremony of Installation." It 
was a keen satire on the inauguration of Dr. Hosack as the successor of Clinton in the Pres- 
idency of the New York Historical Society, and has generally been attributed 10 the 
ready pen of Mr. Verplanck. 

In 1S20, he was elected a member of the New York Assembly, where he mainly interest- 
ed himself with the "literary aspects of political subjects," being Chairman of the Committee 
on Education, in which capacity he made a report on Colleges, Academies, and Common 
Schools, in support of the appropriation by the General Government of Public Lands for 
educational purposes. This same year the New York Sketch Club was established, out of 
which the present " Century" has grown, and among its organizers and earliest members we 
find Verplanck, Bryant, and Sands, who afterwards united their talents in the production of 
the Talisman. The next year upon the organization of the General Theological Seminar)- of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, he was chosen to the chair of the " Eviden- 
ces of Revealed Religion and Moral Science in its relation to Theology," with Bishop Hobart. 
Reverends Samuel H. Turner, Bird Wiljon. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, and Clement C. Moore 
as his co-professors. His lectures delivered while holding the professorship were published 
after his resignation in 1S24, with the title of " Essays on the Nature and Uses of the various 
Eviderrces of Revealed Religion." Of these lectures one who listened to them — the Reverend 
Samuel Roosevelt Johnson — wrote me : — "There is but one thing I know of as connected with 
these Lectures which it may be well for you to note. Bishop Daniel Wilson had a high rep- 
utation as an author, before he was consecrated Bishop of Calcutta. His chief work was 
'Lectures on the Evidences of Christianity' in two volumes octavo. In the Introduction to 
the second volume, he writes as follows : 'To these names I have peculiar satisfaction in add- 
ing that of an American writer of singular talent, with a good deal of the mind of our Bishop 
Butler, whose work abounds with deep and original thoughts.' He adds in a note *a reprint 
has not yet been made of this masterly work.' This was pronounced at the time the highest 
compliment ever paid to an American writer." Dr. Johnson continues: "Mr. Verplanck 
was very quiet in his manner as professor. He gave us the impression that he did not take 
to the task of instructor very much. He loved to converse freely as the individual— to think 
patiently — to write carefully — but the class room was stiff and unnatural to him. His report 
against voting by proxy, for the Trustees, led the General Convention to reverse all its pro- 
ceedure on that subject, and his report on the removal of the Seminary- \vas vcrv* ab!e and 
interesting," Another one of his " boys," the Rev. Dr. Shelton of Buffalo, speaks oi him in the 
most affectionate and glowing terms. 

This same year he was one of a committee of which Peter A. Jay and Charles King 
were also members, appointed by the High School Society of New York, to prepare a •• Plan 


of Instruction, to be pursued in the High School," and he, it is believed, drafted the report. 
He afterwards held the position of President of the Board of Trustees of this Society, and a* 
such in the Annual Report for 1829, paid a "Tribute to the memory of Daniel H. Barnes," 
late principal, which is published in his volume of collected essays, under the head of "The 

In 1825, appeared Mr. Vcrplanck's "Essay on the Doctrine of Contracts, being an 
Inquiry how Contracts are afTccted in Law and Morals by Concealment. Error or Inadc-uui.. 
Price." This curious discussion on the line between law and morals, in which the maxim o: 
i' caveat e/?iJ>for" is aiisickcd, W3.S most ably reviewed in the .NWt/i American Rni^uf by thai 
noble expounder of international law, the late Henr)- Whcaton, from which article I extract 
the following: "The question which Mr. Verplanck has investigated arose out of a case 
determined in the Supreme Court of the L'nited States, and reported in 2 Wheaton, 195. The 
case related to the validity, of a contract of sale under the following circumstances. Some 
American merchants, who were on board the British fleet after the memorable attack on New 
Orleans, in Januar)% 1S15, received the une.\pected news of the treaty of peace, which had 
been signed at Ghent, and brought it up to the city the same night. Soon after sunrise thv 
next morning and before it could be known among men of business, a merchant, who hac 
been put in possession of the information, called upon another and contracted for th- 
purchase of a large quantity of tobacco at the market price of the day, without giving th.. 
vendor any hint of the intelligence, but at the same time without saying an\-thing calculated 
to impose upon him. Immediately after the news of peace was publicly known the price of 
tobacco rose more than fifty per cent. 

"Upon this state of facts, Mr. Chief Justice Marshall, in delivering the opinion of the 
Court, observed that the question was 'whether the intelligence of extraneous circumstances, 
which might influence the price of the commodity and which was exclusively within the 
knowledge of the vendee, ought to have been communicated by him to the vendor? Tht 
Court is of the opinion that he z^'as not bound to communicate it. It would be difficult to 
circumscribe the contrar}- doctrine within proper limits, when the means of intelligence are 
equally accessible to both parties. But at the same time each party must take care not to 
say or do anything tending to impose upon the other." " In speaking of this work a few days 
since, one of our oldest and ablest lawyers remarked "that the argument was the growth of 
a laudable ambition bom in a pure mind, but that it was impracticable." This year. 1S25. 
Mr. Verplanck was elected a represeutative from New York City to the Nineteenth Congress. 
where he remained through the four successive terms, retiring at the close of the twenty- 
second session in 1833. During his congressional career he warmly advocated the extcnsioi. 
of the term of copyright, a measure which was passed in the session of 1S30-31, and about 
which he writes to Ir\nng, " I have a copyright bill before Congress with which I have taken 
great pains. It consolidates, enlarges and explains our laws on that subject which are lull 
of confusion and doubt. It extends the time to twenty-eight years, with powers of renewal 
for a like time by the author or his widow at the expiration." On his return home at the 
close of this session he was tendered a complimentary dinner by prominent men of letters in 
token of their appreciation of his eminent services in obtaining the passage of this law, at 
which he made an able speech on the Law of Literar>- Property, in which he enforced the 
same doctrine as he had promulgated in Congress, that " the right of property m the 
production of intellectual labour was as much founded on natural justice as the right of 
property in the production of corporeal labour, that he who toils with the mind is as honestiv 
entitled *to the fruits of that toil as he who works with the hands." The measure secured to 
the author and artist, in lieu of the former narrow time of fourteen years, with the contingent 
chance of one renewal if living at the end of the time, the sole and secure benefit of hi* 
work for forty-two years, with the privilege of renewal to his widow and chndrc.-.. 

It was while he was in Congress, that the agitation on the riglits of C.)ngrc>5 to impose 
a protective tarifl^- and its power to force obedience to the same was at its hei^'ht. and in its 
defence he wrote a " Letter to Colonel W. Drayton, in assertion of the constitutional powc^^of 
Congress to impose protective duties," which was printed at New York in I53» " '33. 


while Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means, he made a " Report on the Bank of 

the United States," which institution he favored, and of its President the late Nicholas Biddle 
he thouglit very highly, and at his house Mr. Verplanck stayed on his return from Washington 
after his last term in Congress. The same year, 1S33, there was published by the Harpers a 
Small octavo volume of 257 pages, entitled " Discourses and Addresses on Subjects of Ameri- 
can History, Arts, and Literature. By Gulian C. Verplanck," which contained besides his 
"Anniversary Discourse before the Historical Society,"' and "The Schoolmaster," and speech 
on "The Law of Literary Property," "An Eulogy on Lord Baltimore, the Founder o! Mar)-- 
land," which was delivered at the festival held in 1S29, by the "friends of civil and religous 
liberty" in the City of New York, over which Dr. James McNcvin presided, on the cjccasion 
of the final passing of the bill for Catholic Emancipation in Ireland; "an Address on the 
opening of the American Academy of the Fine Arts in May, 1824," of which he was one of 
the Vice-Presidents; "an Address before the Philolexian and Peithologian Societies of 
Columbia College," in whicli the many distinguished graduates of the college are commem- 
orated, and in regard to one of them — De Witt Clinton — the first graduate after the peace <jf 
1783, he says, "after tiie numerous tributes which have so recently been paid to his memory, 
and especially that luminous view of his character as a scholar and a statesman, as the pro- 
moter of good education and useful improvements, contained in the discourse lately delivered 
from this place by Professor Renwick, anything I could now say on the subject would be but 
useless repetition. Else would I gladly pay the homage due to his eminent and lasting ser- 
vices, and honor that lofty ambition which brought him to look to designs of grand utility, 
and to their successful execution, as his arts oi gaining or redeeming the confidence of a 
generous and public spirited people. For whatever of party animosity might have ever 
blinded me to his merits, had died away long before his death, and I would now utter his 
honest praises without the imputation of hollow pretense irom others, or the mortifv ing con- 
sciousness in my own breast, of rendering unwilling and tardy justice to noble designs and 
great public service." The volume concludes with "a Lecture before the Mercantile Library 
Association of New York in 1S31-32," which contains a feeling tribute to the memory of his 
venerable friend the late William Roscoe of Liverpo<-)l. 

In November, 1833, he delivered an " Introductor\- Lecture to a course of Scieniific Lec- 
tures, before the Mechanics' Institute of the City of New York," while in the preceeding 
August he had discoursed on "The Right Moral Influence, and Use of Liberal Studies." at 
the commencement of Geneva College. The next year on a similar occasion at AmhciSi 
College, he spoke on "The Influence of Moral Causes upon Opinions. Science and Litera- 
ture," in the course of which after alluding to his descent from the stock of Grotius and De 
VV^itt, he remarks : " I cannot but remember also that I have New England blood in my veins, 
that many of my happiest youthful days were passed in her villages, and that my best educaiton 
was bestowed by the more than parental care of one of the wisest and most excellent of her 
sons;" here referring of course to his maternal grandfather. William Samuel Johnson. His 
last college address was made in 1S36, when he delivered his masterly and celebrated dis- 
course at Union College on "The ^Advantages and Dangers of the American Scholar." 

Mr. Verplanck while in Congress hav-ing separated from the Democratic party by taking 
grounds in favor of a National Bank, was chosen by the Whigs as their candidate in 1S34. 
for the Mayoralty in opposition to Cornelius W. Lawrence, the candidate of the democracy. 
The election which followed was one of the most exciting and closely contested of many 
years, and Mr. Verplanck was defeated by only one hundred and eighty-one votes. The excite- 
ment of this political campaign did not drive him from his literar>- labors, for about this time 
he edited the "Writings" of his colaborer in the Talisman, the late Robert C. Sands, one of 
his nearest and dearest friends, and one whom he held in the highest esteem and whose 
memory he always cherished, to which he prefixed a genial memoir of his life. 

From 1S37 to 1841, he was a member of the Senate of the State of New York, which at 
that time composed with the judges of the higher courts, the "court for the correction oi 
errors," or the court of appeals in the last resort from the Supreme Court and Court of Chan- 
cery. Mr. Verplanck took an active part in these judicial duties and many ol his opm- 


rchaiiis. \ 

ions on important questions are preserved in the last seven volumes of Wendell's Reports 

In 1839, while a member of the Senate, he made a report in relation to the debt, revenue and 
financial policy of the State, which was published in London the next year, as an appendiv 
to a "Vindication of the Public Faith of New York and Pcnnsvlvania." 

On June ist, 1S35, Mr. \'erplanck was chosen a member of the " Committee of the Tor.tiuc 
Building," and March 27th, 1S43, one of the Trustees under the orii<inal deed of trust, boih 
of which positions he continued to hold durinij life ; and here I will make a si i/Ldit digression 
to give a brief account of this singular enterprise with which Gulian C. Verplanck and otJici 
members of his family were closely connected. I am indebted in a great part for the iuf ji- 
mation which follows to Mr. Frederic de Peyster. of New York, an old friend of Mr. WJ^' 
planck, and for many years Chairman of the Committee of the Association. 

The Tontine Coffee House was erected at the north-west corner of Wall and 
Streets, in 1794, and was originally intended as a meeting place or exchange for mercl 
and also designed for hotel uses. The plan of this Association originated with Loren/ 
Tonti, a Neapolitan, in 1656, hence the name Tontine, the purport of which was a "Lo.i: 
advanced by a number of associated capitalists for life annuities with benefit of survivor-hi; 
"The term CoJ^c^e as generally understood," says Mr. DePeysier, " is well described in li • 
opening of a poeni entitled The Character of a Coffee House, which appeared in lU i 

"A Coffee House the learned hold, 

It is a place where Coffee's sold ; 

This derivation cannot fail us. 

For where Ale's vended that's an Ale-/iouse." 
By the constitution, two hundred and three shares were issued to subscribers at two hun- 
dred dollars per share, and each holder of a share had the right to nominate a person of 
either sex in whose name and for whose life the shares were issued, and existed during the 
life of the nominee. The original shares were assignable by the holder and held as persona! 
property, although each share had a contingent interest in the realty, which interest ceased 
with the death of the nominee, and then inured to the benefit of the survivors. "The 
number of nominees was six short of the actual number of shares. This difference was 
occasioned by the owners (203) having selected their nominees, on whose lives the shares de- 
pended, in reference to their expected longevity. Thus it turned out that on six of the lives 
there were two risks taken, making the lives 197." 

Each share holder received his equal proportion of the net income of the establish- 
ment, and the whole property was vested in five trustees, who were to be continued in trust 
or by succession until the number of nominees was reduced to seven, when the holder ? 
of these shares became entitled to a con\eyance in fee as tenants in common of the entire, 
premises. The names of the five original trustees in whom the title was vested were Joh:. 
Broome, John Watts, Gulian Verit.anck, John Delaficld and William Laight. When il.= 
number of the trustees is reduced " to less than three," the committee o\ the Association 
give notice that an election will be held for the choice of their successors ; and the sur\-ivi:.c 
trustees then convey to the five new trustees elected to succeed them, for the purpose of con-.i- 
nuing the trust as is set forth in the original deed. Messrs. Richard M. Lawrence and Fredcric 
De Peyster became the survivors, who conveyed to James F. De Peyster. John A. Ki.:g. 
Gulian C. Verplanck, Anthony P. Halsey and Hamilton Fish. "Messrs. De Peyster atid 
Fish only surviving on the 20th April, (1S70.) convey now to the newly elected inistces. who 
will soon take under a similar conveyance and thereupon execute the usual declaration of 
trust, and setting forth the objects of it, and that when the nominees are reduced to seven 
they will convey the premises to the owners of the seven remaining shares. The trustee > 
elected on the 20th of April last, are General J. Watts De Peyster. William J. Lawrence 
James Renwick, Richard King and John P. De Wint, and the survivors of the commiiit-e are 
Frederic De Peyster, William H. Aspinwall and William S. Horn." 

In 1834, the particular uses for which this building was erected and association or|ranizcd. 
having virtually ended by the erection of a new Exciiange, now the L'. S. Custom House, an 
application was made to the Court of Chancer}' for permission to use the premises for gefu-r- 
al purposes, as in the constitution there was a special restriction against its use for any pur- 



pose but that of "a Coffee House," and by its decree said restriction was removed, -t^-hich de. 
cree was afterwards confirmed by a special act of the State Legislature, April i8. 1S43, and its 
name changed to "The Tontine Building."' 

As was said in a former part of this memoir, Mr. Verplanck's father and uncle w-rc orig- 
inal subscribers for two shares each, and that his father's nominees were Gulian C. and Mary- 
Ann. The share of which Mr. Verplanck was nominee subsequently came into his posses- 
sion as owner, and by his death the number of surviving nominees was reduced to eight, wj 
that with one death more the trust will end. The survivors are Horatio Gates Stevens, bora 
17S0; Robert Benson, Jr., born 17S5 ; Gouveneur Kemblc, born 17SC; John P. DeWint, born 
17S7 : Maria Bayard, widow of Duncan P. Campbell, born 17^6; Mary Ray, widow of Gov. 
John A. King, born 1790 ; ,Villiam Bayard, born 1791, and D. Murray Hoffman, born the s-ame 

In 1S44, the first number of "Shakespeare's Plays ; with his Life. Edited bv Gulian C. 
Verplanck, LL. I)., with Critical Introduction, Notes, (Nee. original and selected," appeared; 
which was completed in 1S47, in three large volumes, profusely illustrated from designs by 
Kenny Meadows. One of the peculiar characteristics of this edition is the indication of those 
expressions in the text commonly called Americanisms, which being obsolete in En^-'.and.are 
yet retained in this country in quite familiar use. At about this time or perhaps a few years 
earlier Mr. Verplanck published a small volume of Fairy Tales ; that is he wrote the intro- 
duction signed "John Smith," but whether the entire work was from his pen I am unable lo 
say. He also wrote for the New York Mirror an ii;tcresting account of the house ai Ncw- 
burgh, occupied by Washington in 1783, as his Head Quarters. 

In 1847, May 5th, was passed the act creating the " Board of the Commissioners of Emi- 
gration " for the protection of foreigners when first arriving on our shores, one of the most 
eminently humane and beneficial bodies ever created by any power, in anv place, at any time ; 
and of the commissioners named in the act Mr. Verplanck stands at the head. His co-labor- 
ers in this good christian work were James Boorman, Jacob Harvey, Robert B. Mintuin, 
William F. Havemeyer and David C. Colden. The Board was organized Mav ?t:i at the 
Ma3or's Office in the City Hall, and on June 14th, Mr. Havemeyer was '^lected President. 
He resigned however in the following February-, and was succeeded March i, 1S4S, by Mr. 
Verplanck, who continued in the active exercise of his duties until the Wednesday prtcced- 
ing his death. Mr. Verplanck prepared nearly all of the annual reports of the Board, which 
were republished in a condensed form in one octavo volume, in 1S61. He also laid the cor- 
ner stone of the "Verplanck State Hospital on Ward Island," which was named in c^'iimiem- 
oration of his philanthrophic services and of which he was one of the Governors. I believe 
he never missed a meeting of the Commission in whose work he was so deeply interested. 
indeed his son in a letter dated April loth, says : " He was not rural in his taste, but enioyed 
spending half the week at his Fishkill residence with his grand-children, j/t-<71'j rctuminj^ 
however on Wednesday for the regular meeting of the Commissioners of Emigration." Men- 
tion of his Fishkill residence reminds me that the Verplanck house at Fishkill is historically 
remarkable for having been the headquarters of Baron Steuben, when the American army was 
encamped in the vicinity of Newburgh, and also as the place wherein was orga.iized in 17S3, 
the celebrated Society of the Cincinnati. 

My only personal acquaintance with Mr. V^erplanck was a slight epi$tolar>- one, which 
began some eight years since when I was busily engaged illustrating for my own enjoyment 
a work then fresh from the press and now dear to all of us. "The Life and Letters of Wash- 
ington Irving." I addressed Mr. Verplanck in regard to an early portrait of himself, suitable 
for insertion in my book and in reply he said, "Tlie best portrait o\ myself, as I now am. is a 
very noble portrait by Huntington, taken for the Commissioners of Emigration as President 
of that Board, and exceedingly well photographed by Frederics of this city. .At this age and 
in tliis character I have little in connection with my friend Irving. I have at my home at 
Fishkill on the Hudson a ven- good portrait of myself by Jarvis, (who never failed in his like- 
ness) taken about forty years ago at a period when I was more intimately connected with 
Irving and his friends." He then goes on to say that he has no copy of it. but that one o! Iiis 


family rniglit be able to make a fair amateur copy, which if succesfu! he would send to mc 
and concludes with "a lame hand prevents my making some suggestions as to portraits of 
ouiers at present." The copy was never received did I succeed in obtaining from 
hill) tliose Siiggestioiis which would have been so rich in interest and value. My next letter 
from liini was written after a lapse of nearly five years, although in the interim I had received 
from iiim a beautiful carte photograph of himself by Brady, when in acknowledgement of a 
slii;ht lilcrarv effort of my own which I had ventured to send him, he in return, kindlv pres- 
ented nie with a clioice privately printed volume irom his pen, the "Twefth Night at the Cen- 
tury Club. January 6, 1S5S," and expressed his regret that he had no copy to offer me of his 
letter to Mr. Cozzens on " Garrick ; his portrait in New York, its Artist and History." which 
w;is printed in an edition of one hundred copies in 1S57. and which he thought would be 
11. ore to my taste. 

Tlse two portraits which he mentions are the only ones ever painted of him, and of the 
lattr as well as an incident connected with the letter on Garrick, the artist Hunting- 
tf-n s.Tvs, " I painted him twice, the last portrait which is thought the best is now in the pos- 
"it >si()ri of his son and was sent to Paris for the Exposition. It was really the completion of 
the ^iriginal study for the first, which I kept for many years in my study unfinished because 
-I A'jral of the members of the Sketch Club, (which met at my studio) while the portrait wis 
in progress urged mc not to touch it but to begin another. Mr. Verplanck was writing the 
(iarrick Sketch at the time and one day he said to me, ' I have spoken of Jar\-is as a Reynolds 
vulgarizer, I airi afraid it is too strong an expression. I dont like to speak so unkindly of 
m\ old friend, what shall I say, what do you think of it ?' I suggested that he should change 
it to ;i neg:itive and say 'an unrefined Reynolds* whicli you will observe he adopted. His 
tj-j.-iiy and his reception of the hint from a man so much his junior was characteristic. He 
\'.;i'v very gentle and attractive in liis social life, passionately fond of portraits of historic or 
.ir'.;<tio interest, and never wearied of talking of the great portrait painters Reynolds, Stuart. 
*^iji!y and J.irvis." 

Tlic two pnpers above referred to are perhaps the most agreeable and polished produc- 
v.ox\% of Mr. Verplanck's pen, certainly of those that I have seen, unless with them ir.iy be 
cl.issed fiis articles originally contributed to the "Wine Press," a monthly periodical xdiiel 
\>\ his friend Frederic S. Cozzcns, to whom in the last years of his life he was much attached, 
;aking great interest in his aflfairs both commercial and literar}-. and whom he was in the 
?'.'.bit of seeing almost daily, and whose premature death he deeply mourned, entitled : " Was 
« hatnpagne known to the ancients" and " Oxyporian Wines," and subsequently republished 
n "'Ihe Sayings of Dr. Bushwacker and other learned men," which charming volume of hu- 
tnour. '* To Hon. Gulian C. Verplanck, first President of the Centur\' Club " is dedicated. The 
"Ci.jjrjck " paper is a most delightful resume of artistic and theatrical recollections and cnti- 
«.t^nj*, while the "Twelfth Night" and the two vinous papers are as remarkable for the pro- 
found erudition they display on subjects about which little learning may be thought 10 be 
possible, as for the genial and refined humour which gently plays upon each page. 

Mr. \'erplanck's last literary- work had, strange to say, a ver)- close connection with his 
tir^it. both in occasion and matter ; it was an oration delivered July 4. 1S67. at the laxang of the 
< rncr-stone of the New Hall for the Tammany Society, o^ Columbian Order, in Fourteenth 
**tr^-ct, .\ew York. It is replete with entertaining recollections of the Tammany of his y<juth- 
f jI da\«?. and of those Sachems and "big men" who gathered around the original Wigwam, or 
l'.;:prn,as it was contemptuously called by its political adversaries ; and none of these remin- 
• ^«:c-nces are mo re graceful or pleasing than those spoken in the tributes to James Kirke Paul- 
d.n< .inn his friends the brothers John T. and William Ir\-ing. It was in connerti-n miih a 
{.t:w edition of one of Paulding's works, "The Bulls and the Jonatiians" published some 
VMK'v or four years since, that I had the honor of having my name associated with Mr. Ver- 
: ! jnck's. where in the preface the author acknowledges some slight assistance ff;ad!y render- 
<d to Inm. In a letter received from the editor of his fathers works Mr. William I. Paulding, 
since Mr. \'erp!anck's decease, in speaking of one occasion when he called upon him for 
s^>me information in regard to "The Bulls and the Jonathans," says. " I was surprised t!ivn at 


the quickness with which (when suddenly in this w-ayj he disinterred ihe bcu of thy years or 

so before." 

xMr. Verphinck's public positions were many and inipuriaat. Appointed one of ttic Re 
gents of the University of the State of New York January 20, 1826. he became ViccCtuincel- 
lor in 1866, and when in 1S44, the State Librar>- was placed under the care of this l^culci h«r 
was appointed Chairman of the Library Committe. Of the New York Historical S..cifiv lie 
was at the time of his death first Vice-F^resident as also its senior member, having b.-eii dec 
ted in 1809, five years after its organization. In its proceedings he always took a lively in. 
terest, and did not allow his early address to be his only contribution to its collections. .\i 
a special meeting held in May, 1S5S, he read a pleasant anecdotical sketch in the form of dia- 
logue, entitled " Reminiscences of John Randolph of Roanoke." and when the society com- 
memorated the two hundredth anniversary of the Conquest of New Netherlands he was ma<Je 
Chairman of the Committee of Arrangements, and in that capacity offered a resolution of 
thanks to the accomplished historian Mr. Brodhead for his noble oration pronounced on lite 
occasion. Four years later being the 50th anniversarj- of the deliver}- of his celebrated dis- 
course, on the conclusion of an address by Mr. Motley, the annalist of the Rise of the Dutch 
Republic, Mr. Verplanck referred to the former occasion and said "that the pleasing duly of 
presenting a resolution of thanks to the orator of the evening had been assigned to ni it 4« 
the senior member of the Society, but what was thus made his duty he thought he inichi vt.^c- 
ly claim as a right in view of the fact that half a ceatur>' ago he had delivered an anniversirt 
address before the society ;" — and Mr. Bryant in seconding the resolution said. " It is fiiiifiK 
also that my old friend of more than forty years, who in iSiS. the exact term of half a century 
since delivered before this society when De Witt Clinton was its President, one of tlie noblest 
public discourses that was ever listened to in this or any other country — it was fitting that 
one so distinguished should rise to express in words what we all feel in our hearts." 

For nearly sixty years Mr. Verplanck was one of the Trustees of the New York Society 
Library and at the time of his death Chairman of the Board, while from 1537 to 1S42. he was 
President of the St. Nicholas Society, with Washington Ir\-ing as first Vice-President, and 
again in 1853 and '59 occupied the same position. He was a man eminently genial and socjal in 
his disposition, and was a member of a society famous in its day, which met at Baker's Ciiv 
Tavern at the corner of Wall and New Streets, called " The House of Lords." of wiiich l*i«:- 
served Fish and Jarvns the painter were prominent men^.bers. He was also a member of i"cn- 
imore Cooper's Lunch the celebrated Bread and Cheese Club, so cailed from the nature •! 
the ballots used, one of cheese having the fatal effect of a black ball. 

During Mr. Verplanck's long life, he was never confined to the house a single day b\ 
sickness, and never paid for a doctor's visit to himself. As has been mentioned, he attend- 
ed the regular weekly meeting of the Commissioners of Emigration, the Wedne>d:.y belorc 
his decease, and did not complain of feeling indisposed until the next day, when hefeltsoaic 
inconvenience from a cold he had taken several days before, but as was hi? wont, paid no 
particular attention to it. Early the next morning, Friday, March iSth, he expired as caln:l\ 
and with as little suffering as had been spent his entire life. The funeral services took place 
at old Trinity, of which he was elected a vestryman in 1S43. and Warden twenty ye:.r«; Ijtei. 
on Monday, March 21st, at one o'clock, in the at'ternoon, which was participated in b\ thi- 
Bishop of the Diocese, and the rector and clergy of the Parish ; the Rev. Dr. Dix jireachiag 
the funeral sermon. At the close of the services the remains were taken to his old h« on 
the Hudson, where the services begun at Trinity were concluded, the next day. He was 
buried in the grounds of the old Episcopal Church at Fishkill Village, which was built in 
1765, and where he was most fond of worshiping during his lifetime. Thus ended a lite 
extended far beyond the days alloted upon Earth to man by the Psalmist, and one dur«n? 
which every hour seems to have had its particular work and to have brought forth a rich re- 
sult. His literary labors were acknowledged by his Alma Mater in 1S21. by appointing him 
one of her trustees, and in 1S35, by conferring upon him her degree of LL. D. 

"Mr. Verplanck," says his son, "was amazingly methodical in his habits, never allowing 
anything to be done for him that he could do himself, even to the most minute pariiculars. 


He would go about the streets at all hours amid the crouds of the day in Broad H-a> and Wall 

Street, or return from his club at the latest hours of the night, and this he kept up until wiihin 
a month or so of his death. He took great interest in the drama and was fond of talking 
of the actors of his younger days ; of Fennell, Hodgkinson, JefTerson Wood, and others of 
the same stamp and time. Fie liked to discuss the styles of Kemble and Kean. and was an 
enthusiastic admirer of Rachel, and in the last years of his life was delighted with the acting 
of Rist(jri. Wi^h Mr. Mackett he was intimate, and always appreciated and esteen.ed him." 
Further on he says in the same letter, "with Albert Gallatin he was on most frieiidly terms. 
being in the habit of spending every Sunday evening at his house, during his residence in 
New York, in the lust years of his life." 

Mr. Verplanck was singularly reticent in speaking of himself or his history, and Mr. 
Bryant says in a letter to the writer, '* I scarce ever knew so little of the early life of one 
whom I knew so well ;" and this characteristic is endorsed by our own Dr. Allibonc. Another 
of his characteristics, perhaps the strongest, was his love of country and of home, which 
he retained even to his latest days. His granddaughter before referred to, says: " I well 
remember one evening last summer, with what eagerness he seized a new school book of 
my youngest sister, 'Cleveland's English Literature,' and turning over the leaves e.\.ciaiai' 
ed, ' Yes ! it is here, one of my favorite poems by Montgomery, a ver>- good writer, though 
now out of fashion.' Then turning to me, he said, 'hear me Eliza, I want to see if I remem- 
ber it through, I have not seen it for thirty years,' and he then repeated it almost word for 
word, making only two or three omissions of words and with as great feeling and emphasis 
as in his younger days. The poem is called "The Love of Countr)- and of Home." begin- 

•There is a land, of ever\- land the pride. 
Beloved by heaven, o'er all the world beside." " 

In personal appearance he is said to have borne a striking resemblance to his father, and 
Poe in his generally scurrilous notices of the New York Literati, published in 1S46. describes 
him as " short in stature, not more tlian five feet, five inches in height, and com.pactly or 
stoutly built. The head square, massive and covered with thick, bushy and grizzily hair, the 
cheeks are ruddy, lips red and full, nose short and straight, eyebrows .nuch arclied, eyes 
dark blue, with what seems to a casual glance a sleepy expression — but they gather !)ghi 
and force as we examine them. His scholarship is more than reputable and his taste and 
acquirements are not to be disputed." This it must be remembered was written nearly a 
quarter of a century ago, and that that time makes great changes in one's appearance, and 
his did not escape unscathed. 

I cannot close this memorial of our deceased member's life, which has extended far be- 
yond the limits I had laid down for it, in a manner more acceptable and agreeable than by 
transcribing the closing paragraphs of a letter written by his nephew, the son of his old pre- 
ceptor in the law, Mr. George E.Hoffman of this city. He writes as follows: " Mr. Ver- 
planck was remarkable for an even disposition. I never saw him lose his temper : he was 
always kind, considerate of others, and cheerful, and brought sunshine with him into the 
family circle. Though possessing humor and admiring it in others he could not ei.dure any 
allusion that was broad or in the least bordering on indecency. When he was in the ScM:aie 
of New York, I was at Albany, and heard of his rebuking a public officer, who attempted 10 
tell in his presence such a story as many in high places deem amusing. 

" Mr. Verplanck had great reverence for truth and never would restrain the expression 
of his opinions on all important political questions. He felt this to be his duty, and he iear- 
lessly performed it without regard to policy or interest. Though his friends and faniily d«f- 
ferred with him, they knew that he expressed the convictions of his heart and judgenitni. .md 
no one of them even for a moment doubted his motives or his patriotism. He was a cvnitari 
reader, and whatever he had read he always appeared to have at his command, evci in !*ic 
words of tlie author. He had a strong feeling for the beoiities of nature and of art In the 
enjoyment of these, in his books and his offices of benevolence to his fellow-men he secn.rd 
to pass a life untouched by care and apparently without a want. At Fishkill where the UwwXx 


have held a large estate for several generations, I have often seen him under the shade of a 
rock overhanging the Hudson, or in some shady dell by the side of a brook, with his book, 
enjoying the quiet scene around him. 

" In conversation he was never loud or talked for display, but was often most atjreeable. 
especially when he met with old friends whuse pursuits and tastes were congenial to h.>. I 
remember when Washington Irving first came from Europe, on a Sunday shortly after his- xt- 
turn. Mr. V'erpianck and my brother Ugden Hoffman unexpectedly dropped in to dinner. 
My sister Mrs. Aimie Nicholas, was at home. All of them had been most intimate fron. their 
early years ; Verplanck and Irving had studied law with my father. Vcrplanck had married 
my aunt, and Irving had been engaged to my sister who h?*^'. died while still young. Mrs. 
Nicholas was a contemporary, Ugden much younger. Irving had not seen them for manv 
years and it w;is as if their youth had returned to them again. Irving with boyhood'-s fresh- 
ness related his European e.Kperience, gave sketches of the noted men he had met, Talleyrand, 
-Moore, Scott, and others, and described the most amusing scenes, often imitating the manner 
gi its actors. Verplanck was full of humor and information. The dinner was nor much — if 
eating was considered — scarcely enough, no one however thought of that; the ho.:r»; fled 
unnoticed ; we sat down at two and it was late before any one thought of moving, Mr. Ver- 
planck was fond of all old time customs, and celebrated Christmas with hisgrandchildr.-n in 
the good old way. The Yule log was burned, the Boar's head adorned the table, the house 
was strung with green boughs, and Santa Clans (Kris Kring'.e,) left his presents in appropri- 
ate costume. The family and their friends gathered until the house was full, and if more 
came room was found for tliem and everything was done to have a jolly good old time. I regrei 
that I can furnish so little about a man i so much admired. To most he was known by his 
literar)' efforts as a writer of far more than ordinary merit ; among his friends he was a great 
man, simple in his tastes and unassuming in his manners ; his infomuuion on ail subjects 
far exceeded ^ .'hat many will find in a life's experience : this he freely gave, and anv one 
could profit by associating with him. I do not believe that any oiic at any time, could have 
gathered from his discourse anything that could be repeated to his disadvantage. He nlwavs 
seemed to me to be a man who in his life and character fulfilled all that is required by ih" 15th 
Psalm, 'of those who shall enter into the tabernacle of the Lord or rest upon hisholv hill.'" 

Mr. Verplanck had two sons ; the eldest, William Samuel, born Ocio!;er 15. 1S12. survives 
him, while the youngest, Gulian. born April 2g, i3i5. died early in life. 

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